When looking at a ME persona don't forget pre-moorish Spain. This was an Arab caliphate.
My wife, Ismet, enumerates some of her reasons for selecting late 10th Century Cordoba as being:
It was not unusual for women to attend the great university.
The Caliph got so upset about public drunkenness he threatened to burn all the vineyards...but didn't. :-)
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:21:06 -0600
From: "Marguerite D.A. Reed" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Reaction to Persona Question
My questions were prompted by some prep work I'm doing for my Kingdom A&S project. It seems through the years there's been a certain amount of side-eye towards medieval Arabic/medieval Islamic personas. Some people think a woman who wants a middle eastern persona (and I apologize for the monolithic term, which I know is incorrect) simply wants to be a 'jingle bunny.' Many people have not heard of a single stand-out woman in the medieval Islamic world, whereas they'd heard of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Elizabeth, Christine de Pizan, Hildegard of Bingen, Lucrezia Borgia, Queen Maude and Empress Matilda, Aud the Deepminded.... On a modern note, when I was considering converting (or reverting, as it's called) to Islam, a few of my friends were perplexed that I would want to do such a thing.