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Educated Gentlemen and MissionariesDuring the post-classical period the Islamic and Confucianist world religions were based upon the principles of spiritual and intellectual growth Both valued intelligence and knowledge and strongly supported education yet each religion viewed the world and its inhabitants from different vantage points In Islam life was a series of tests which determined a person s stature in the afterlife Though not especially rigorous these tests focus people s lifestyles on ways to better their eternal futures Islam molded people into charitable honest and true Muslims who worked to spread their faith Confucianism saw the world in a more immediate sense and felt that it needed to be controlled by properly trained men Confucianism pushed for social gain personal happiness and proper gentlemanly composure An Islamic education was available to any good Muslim rich and poor alike although the wealthy were educated more often due to fewer time constraints It was a rarity to see a Muslim woman educated in the same manner as men however since Muslim society was strongly patriarchal and Men are the managers of the affairs of women p 105 The Koran and Family A Confucian education in contrast was quite esoteric Those in the wealthy classes primarily the aristocracy were educated and although it was possible for a lower class citizen to receive an education it was a rarity occurring only if said citizen was very wealthy The Confucian focus on creating a classic Gentleman centered the education on men and not women Confucianism was primarily an ethical system Confucious largely recommended obedience and respect people should know their place World History p 46 Confucianism strove to create an educated man a ruler not a peasant It taught art and literature nature and proper handling of women and diplomacy It stressed composure and proper social skills with specifics on how to dress and how to act at public gatherings being of the utmost importance Mannerisms were
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