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February 11, 2019

Where does chivalry come from?

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While European chivalry has its roots in feudalism in France and Spain, some scholars believe it is nothing more than the continuation of al-furusiyya al-arabia, or Arabian chivalry, which was imported to Europe during the early Crusades. The knight-errantry, the riding on horseback to find adventure, the rescue of a maiden in need, the nobility of women, and the connection of honorable conduct with the horse rider are all traceable to Arabia.

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Today's Random Fact:

The term "chivalry" is from the Latin word caballus, meaning "nag, pack-horse," and is related to the word "cavalier."

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Many feminist scholars dismiss chivalry as a type of benevolent sexism because it relies on the assumption that women are weak and in need of protection while men are strong. They argue that chivalry perpetuates gender inequality.

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