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small or large area in the desert that is less arid; towns build around them
caravan guides go from oasis to oasis
lived in tribes
moved from oasis to oasis herding camels, goats, sheep
no written laws
fought for scarce resources
other religious tolerated in conquered lands
could practice own religion if Jew/Christian
not equal to men
could inherit/own property
overtime more restricted--must wear veil--unveiled only in harem
Arabian Nights/1001 Nights
written in Persian using Arabic script
included Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin
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