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Ibn Battuta

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Their women are of surpassing beauty, and are shown more respect than the men. The state of affairs amongst these people is indeed extraordinary. Their men show no signs of jealousy whatever; no one claims descent from his father, but on the contrary from his mother's brother. A person's heirs are his sister's sons, not his own sons. This is a thing which I have seen nowhere in the world except among the Indians of Malabar. But those are heathens; these people are Muslims, punctilious in observing the hours of prayer, studying books of law, and memorizing the Koran. Yet their women show no bashfulness before men and do not veil themselves, though they are assiduous in attending the prayers. Any man who wishes to marry one of them may do so, but they do not travel with their husbands, and even if one desired to do so her family would not allow her to go.

Based on this passage from The Travels of Ibn Battuta, you can infer

A

few Muslim societies were patriarchal.

B

Battuta was visiting the Swahili Coast.

C

Few African societies were matriarchal.

D

Battuta was visiting West Africa.

E

Battuta was visiting the Maghrib.