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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson B: Life and Times in the Ottoman Empire

Activity 3: Women of the Ottoman World

Conflict in the Muslim world led to the spread of Islam as a religion and a political force. Opportunities were available for some in the Islamic Empires, while others suffered. The Ottoman policy of toleration for non-Muslims and other cultures allowed some groups to live a stable life. Women are one example of a group in society deeply affected by life under Ottoman rule.

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Classroom Activity - Role of Women in the Muslim World

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Directions: Study the image of the Muslim woman. Prepare a response to the discussion question below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

Islamic Woman in Yemen in 2006
Islamic Woman in Yemen, 2006 [1]

  • How might the image help you address the focus question--what is the role of Muslim women in Islamic society?
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Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).


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Historical Investigation - Ottoman Women

Directions: For this activity, open the student resource titled "Historical Investigation - Ottoman Women." Use the documents to analyze the role of women in Ottoman society.

  1. Download Student Resource: Historical Investigation - Ottoman Women (doc).
  2. Select the link to review the how to complete a Historical Investigation.
  3. Submit your answers to the completed historical investigation to your teacher as instructed.


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[1] Source: This image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Yemeni_doctor.jpg is in the public domain.