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The Neolithic revolution and Human evolution
The Neolithic (agricultural) revolution with its first forms of early farming started in the Middle East and then in 3000-5000 years time spread to the Europe, other parts of Asia, etc. This difference in timing of appearance of Neolithic age in different parts of the world is long enough to have its impact in terms of evolutionary psychology on the population of affected territories since tribes of hunter-gatherers and early farmers definitely tended to procreate different types of genes in order to adapt to different social and natural environments.
The fact that Islam originated and spreaded in the Middle East may be connected with that as well.
If we admit that hunter-gatherers belong to ancient matriarchal societies and farmers to patriarchal ones then it is possible that they had different sexual selection types: female and male dominated respectively. Patriarchal tribes as a rule procreated males with maximal social aggression and energy which was not necessarily the case in matriarchal ones.
In the light of that modern Middle Eastern cultures are the culmination of patrifocal-type male-dominated societies and gender-focused issues here are not quite cultural but probably much more deeply genetically rooted. Although womens status in western countries was not always like current one which is result of gradual emancipation. On the other hand womens status there has never been similar to current womens status in the Middle East. That is why it is not quite a developmental issue. Jews who are also descendants of early Neolithic tribes also show more social agressiveness in comparision with males of other origins.