A useful and compassionate overview of issues of immense social and political importance.
—Journal of Asian Studies
A broadly based, sensitive, and balanced analysis . . . a highly readable book.
A recognized expert's clear explication of the intricate pattern of gender and other aspects of life across the region.
—International Journal of Comparative Sociology
What is truly remarkable . . . is Mandelbaum's ability in so few pages to synthesize a varied literature, to discern common elements in purdah-izzat practices and ideology while recognizing significant variation by socioeconomic status, region, and religion, and to propose explanations for these beliefs and practices that deserve careful consideration. Those interested in gender systems should find this work of great value.