The women had not been used to wear shirts which irritated Ibn Batuta. As a Qazi, he tried to change this custom but could not succeed. Moreover, daily antiquates and manners showed that they were considered inferior as compared to male members of the society3. However, their ruler was a woman named, Khadija, at those times but it was just an ‘accidental queen’. As far as the ruling class is concerned, Ibn Batuta found them noble, generous and kind hearted. However, Ibn Batuta pointed out their ‘vested interests’ type of psyche also.
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