in a culture more attuned to the 11th Century than the 21st.
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freer than Christian women. Islam's attitudes to many things including women has gone through many changes over the century, as has Christianity. Women under Islam could own property, both as individuals and separately from their husbands. That has not been true in most of Christian Europe until the tail end of the 19th Century.
I am certainly advocation the current Wahabist and fundamentalist Islam that has been their response to the rise in influence of Western regimes. The other part is that the rules for men are much more flexible for men away from Islamic societies. They use prostitutes quite commonly in Europe and the US while their wives are sequestered back in Saudi or Afghanistan.
I remember Michael Wood author of In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great having to negotiate transit of Afghanistan from the Taliban who were in charge at the time. He met the brother in law of one of the Taliban's chief leaders in a restaurant in New York where he met a portly short man in a very very expensive suit, drinking wine and flanked by 2 gorgeous blondes who were about 6 feet tall. And that's the strict fundamentalist Taliban. Weird, though not uncommon for men generally.
Although Islam seems to have a long and accepted history of suppression of half the population.
But you do hear about women coming here from Asia or Eastern Europe for jobs and winding up in the prostitution trade. Not only to this country but anywhere men want to buy it.
I don't know how widespread it is but you're always hearing about kids and women working as maids with no pay.
sold by their parents for $50 for a year of work as an unpaid servant. There was even a clear interview with a well dressed woman visiting the remote community and identified as the broker. She looked straight into the camera and denied everything, saying it was illegal in Pakistan to sell individuals, nor was there any such thing as slavery. A few weeks later the film crew visited the woman's residence in a large city, and rescued the girl she had been attempting to buy previously.
The solution to the problem turns out to be the raising of piglets for a year to full growth which provides even more money than selling their children. Why pigs in Islamic Pakistan, I have no idea, but apparently it works.
Courtesy of National Geographic Channel, quite recently.
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