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History 41 Reader Notes Women and the Rise of Islam Introduction -At the time of the birth of Muhammad (crica 570) women were looked down upon. On the news of a birth of a girl people would be sad. -Islam banned infanticide (killing of infants), and Islam improved the status of women. -Islam curtailed women’s autonomy and participation by allowing only patriarchal marriage as solely legitimate. Muhammad’s Wives -His first wife Khadijia was rich and older than Muhammad. She employed him, proposed to him and married him. Her riches would free him to live his lifestyle. -His next wife, he would marry and she would be veiled and be a model for future wives under Islam. She was married at the age of 9-10 -Khadijia was the first convert. A Few Words about Shi’ism Introduction -Islam embraces two principal branches, Sunnism-the majority faith-and Shi’ism (shi’a, tashayyo’). -Within Shi’ism the most important group is Imamism or “Twelver” named because of the cult of the 12 Imams who in turn succeeded the Prophet.
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