The changing social order Social change in the broadest sense is any change in social relations. Viewed this way, social change is an ever-present phenomenon in any society.
He thinks that one such area of tension was a consequence of what he sees as the egalitarian nature of Islamic doctrine. Islam from the first denounced aristocratic privilege, rejected hierarchy, and adopted a formula of the career open to the talents.
Lewis however notes that the equality in Islam was restricted to free adult male Muslims, but even that "represented a very considerable advance on the practice of both the Greco-Roman and the ancient Iranian world".
To the pagan peoples of western Arabia he had brought a new religion which, with its monotheism and its ethical doctrines, stood on an incomparably higher level than the paganism it replaced.
He had provided that religion with a revelation which was to become in the centuries to follow the guide to thought and count of countless millions of Believers.
It constituted a formal agreement between Muhammad and all of the significant tribes and families of Yathrib later known as Medinaincluding Muslims, Jewsand pagans. To this effect it instituted a number of rights and responsibilities for the Muslim, Jewish, and pagan communities of Medina bringing them within the fold of one community-the Ummah.
Practices[ edit ] John Esposito sees Muhammad as a reformer who condemned practices of the pagan Arabs such as female infanticideexploitation of the poor, usurymurderfalse contractsfornicationadulteryand theft.
Muhammad proclaimed a sweeping program of religious and social reform that affected religious belief and practices, business contracts and practices, male-female and family relations".
The true prevalence of gendercide in this time period is uncertain.
An inscription in Yemen forbidding the practice, dating to approximately BC, is the sole mention of it in pre-Islamic records. He asserts that Muhammad created a "new system of social security and a new family structure, both of which were a vast improvement on what went before.
By taking what was best in the morality of the nomad and adapting it for settled communities, he established a religious and social framework for the life of many races of men. Islamic views on slavery A slave market in Islamic Yemen.
Lewis states that Islam brought two major changes to ancient slavery which were to have far-reaching consequences. The position of the Arabian slave was "enormously improved": Similarly, the practice of freeing slaves in atonement for certain sins[ which? Women in Islam To evaluate the effect of Islam on the status of women, many writers have discussed the status of women in pre-Islamic Arabia, and their findings have been mixed.
Legally controlled polygamy was an important advance on the various loosely defined arrangements which had previously been both possible and current; it was only by this provision backed up by severe punishment for adulterythat the family, the core of any sedentary society could be placed on a firm footing.
The essential elements of the marriage contract were now an offer by the man, an acceptance by the woman, and the performance of such conditions as the payment of dowry.
Furthermore, the offer and acceptance had to be made in the presence of at least two witnesses. If they do that, then abandon their beds and beat them with a beating that is not harmful. And if they obey you then you have no cause against them.
Indeed you have rights over your women, and your women have rights over you. As for your rights over your women, then they must not allow anyone whom you dislike to treat on your bedding furniturenor to admit anyone in your home that you dislike. And their rights over you are that you treat them well in clothing them and feeding them.
She notes that the concept of women inheriting wealth may have been more notable in an agricultural communities like Medina. According to The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, women were also granted the right to live in the matrimonial home and receive financial maintenance during marriage and a waiting period following the death and divorce.
Growing prosperity caused by a shifting of trade routes was accompanied by a growth in individualism. Haddad and Esposito state that "although Islam is often criticized for the low status it has ascribed to women, many scholars believe that it was primarily the interpretation of jurists, local traditions, and social trends which brought about a decline in the status of Muslim women.
The economics of these early Muslim societies were not favorable to comfortable life for women. Adoption was viewed "as a lie, as an artificial tie between adults and children, devoid of any real emotional relationship, as a cause of confusion where lineage was concerned and thus a possible source of problems regarding marriage between members of the same family and regarding inheritance.
But a child that was not born into a family can still be raised by a foster family but the child must retain his identity, such as his last name and lineage.
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Social change is also caused by tension and conflict. Structural strain, deprivation, cultural revitalisation have been the major causes of conflict. Again social division based on class, caste, gender, ethnicity, estate, etc. have also been important sources of conflict in society.
Processes of Change. All Cultures are inherently predisposed to change and, at the same time, to resist change.
The fact that cultural institutions are integrated and often interdependent is a major source of resistance to change. We now understand that this holistic approach to understanding culture change must also include. Social change, in sociology, the alteration of mechanisms within the social structure, characterized by changes in cultural symbols, rules of behaviour, social organizations, or value systems.
Throughout the historical development of their discipline, sociologists have borrowed models of social. Childbirth educators need to assess and be aware of the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors that influence the experience of pregnancy, birth, and parenting (Starn, ).
For health-care professionals, particularly childbirth educators, cultural competence is an important aspect that needs to be addressed when interacting with clients.