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  • During the early reforms under Islam in the 7th century, reforms in women's rights affected marriage, divorce and inheritance.
  • Women were not accorded with such legal status in other cultures, including the West, until centuries later.
  • "The dowry, previously regarded as a bride-price paid to the father, became a nuptial gift retained by the wife as part of her personal property.
  • Under Islamic law, marriage was no longer viewed as a "status" but rather as a "contract", in which the woman's consent was imperative.
  • "Women were given inheritance rights in a patriarchal society that had previously restricted inheritance to male relatives

You can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Islam

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