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Social attitudes have shaped traditions and laws regarding marriage, employment, and legal rights. Rules were often applied differently, depending on whether one was rich or poor, male or female. These attitudes have shifted over time.

Occupations of Women in Ancient Egypt

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Occupations of Women in Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian women held various jobs in addition to the household work. Some women were educated and worked as scribes or physicians.

Marriage and Divorce in Ancient Egypt

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Marriage and Divorce in Ancient Egypt

Customs and traditions governed ancient Egyptian marriage and divorce.

Royal Marriages in Ancient Egypt

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Royal Marriages in Ancient Egypt

The chief wives of kings were mostly chosen from the royal family, but some kings married daughters of high officials of non-royal blood, while other kings married foreign princesses.

Ancient Egyptian and Greek Law and Women

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Ancient Egyptian and Greek Law and Women

Greek and Egyptian legislation was different in regard to the social status and independence enjoyed by women.

Christian Marriage Beliefs

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Christian Marriage Beliefs

The bond of marriage is an important principle of the Christian Church as the family is considered to be the building block of a healthy society.

Muslim Women's Rights

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Muslim Women's Rights

Islam gives women great privileges and rights. The Qur'an considers men and women to be equal partners in sharing the responsibilities of Muslim life.

Marriage During the Mamluk Period

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Marriage During the Mamluk Period

During the Mamluk period, most men seeking marriage enlisted the help of a khatbah, or matchmaker. The ruling Mamluks, however, could choose brides from young women of their same ethnic background who had come to Egypt via the slave trade.

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