My two sections of world history were assigned a primary document set of readings that focus on the concept of love, sex, and marriage during the Post-Classical period — circa 600 CE to 1450 CE. I asked students to read excerpts on this topic from the following works:
Students were asked to answer a set of questions that require them to compare and analyze the concept of love, sex, and marriage from the point of view of Asians, Europeans, and Middle Eastern Muslims.
Although some people believe that relationships have changed over time, I do not think that is completely true. I realize, at least in Western European society post 1750 CE, that the Enlightenment and the birth of the industrial age transformed the concept of love — but only slightly. The same emotions and desires that challenge modern relationships also existed during the pre modern mark. However, with the dawn of science and the birth of various social science fields, humans are more equipped to analyze the role relationships play in a more modern setting.
Modern secular anthropological studies have indicated that humans are not meant to marry or mate with one person for life. Love, although a part of some sexual relationships, is not the core. Humans desire experiences; it has nothing to do with love. A person can love but seek sexual experiences with others, including members of the same and/or opposite sex. Of course this creates a number of problems for society. This view, if expressed by many, can bring about a new definition of relationships. Furthermore, this definition adds a strain on global governments as they fight population issues, the spread of diseases, and social conflict between jealous individuals. This topic is one that social historians continue to address. I wonder if global society is moving in a different/ new direction with the advent of new technology: Internet, TV, etc. Religious members throughout world society are taught to be monogamous.