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Against the background of a tribal society in seventh century Arabia, the Qur’an ameliorated the situation of women considerably. It put a stop to female infanticide and prohibited men from inheriting the wives of their fathers (4:19). It also granted women rights of inheritance and permitted them to possess property. Reflecting the patriarchal society of seventh century Arabia, the Qur’an also required that men be responsible for the maintenance of women.
Takim, Liyakat and Jordon, Sherry, "Women" (2021). Encountering Islam. 28.