Discuss womenas position (in general) during 3 time periods

Discuss womenas position (in general) during 3 time periods: pre-Islamic Arabia, during the Prophetas lifetime, and during the Abbasid era. How and why did womenas roles become severely limited during the Abbasid era, and what are the implications of that for Muslim women today? (Read Leila Ahmed, Guity Nashat/Judith Tucker, and others)