Ann Chamberlin is the international bestselling author of ten historical novels and a nonfiction history of women in the Middle East. She also writes plays, including Jihad, which was named Best New Off-Off Broadway play of 1996.

Learn how the seclusion of women can be used as a feminist defense against exploitation--and as an empowering force. "A History of Women's Seclusion in the MIddle East: The Veil in the Looking Glass* is a critical interdisciplinary examination of the practice of seclusion of women throughout the Middle East from its beginnings. This challenging exploration discusses the reasons that seclusion may not be as oppressive as is generally accepted, and, in fact, may be an empowering force for women in both the West and East. Readers are taken on a controversial, belief-bending journey deep into the surprising origins and diverse aspects of female seclusion to find solid evidence of its surprising use as a defense against monolithic cultural exploitation.