Pre-Islamic Arabia

Pre-Islamic Arabia - importance, by 1) male fighters; 2)...

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February 28, 2008 Pre-Islamic Arabia A. To understand Islam, you must understand the time and the place where the faith was born. B. The time is the late 5 th and early 6 th centuries AD C. In Arabia, as old as time, is the Qa’ba, which resides in Mecca D. 6 th century Arabia was a land of tribes competing for resources in a harsh land of grinding poverty a. Constant warfare-tribes always fighting, didn’t remember why they were fighting b. Idolatry/polytheism-many gods c. Gazwa(raids)-raid tribes for women d. Female infanticide-able to feed her/protect her (story of seeing daughter and if can’t tell her what she did wrong you would go to hell) E. This was time of Janiliyyah F. In Janiliyyah times, wealth was measured, in order of
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Unformatted text preview: importance, by 1) male fighters; 2) territory; 3)camels; 4) women; and 5) gold and other forms of disposable wealth G. Key Jahiliyyah cultural values Islamized after Muhammads mission a. Tribal honor and male pride as a defensive concept honor is single most important in Islam) b. Tribal honor and male pride as expressed in the gazwa (raid) c. Tribal honor and the code of hospitality (3 days) H. The gazwa and the taking of women were important: a. Survival interests. There was a severe gender imbalance in ancient Arabia b. The code of honor: a familys honor was invested in its women (This fact made women much feared) c....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course R.S. 240 taught by Professor Kaplan during the Spring '08 term at Wisc Oshkosh.

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