4,000-year-old tablets found in Turkey mention women's rights

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Women's rights have recently become a more open topic of discussion for some Muslim countries, but a new discovery in Turkey tangibly proved that women's rights have been relevant in Muslim culture for thousands of years.

During a recent archaeological dig in Turkey, an expert discovered tablets from the Bronze Age that cited women's rights.

The head of the excavation -- professor Fikri Kulakoğlu of Ankara University -- said, "From women's rights to the adoption of children and marriages arranged at birth, the tablets include all kinds of civilizational and social data from Anatolia 4,000 years ago."

He also mentioned that the tablets include an emotional letter from a woman to her husband as well as a letter from another woman who complains about her mother-in-law. "You can't find such things in an empire's official archive," he said.

This is groundbreaking for the history of Turkey and the global history of women's rights. It'll be interesting to see what archaeologists continue to dig up at this Turkish site over the years.

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