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SECLUSION. The practice of confining women to the exclusive company of other women in their own home or in separate female living quarters is one mechanism among others-including modest dress, veiling, self-effacing mannerisms, and the separation of men and women in public places-that are employed to undergird sexual morality in Middle Eastern Muslim societies. The practice of women's seclusion is grounded in both religion and social custom. Numerous verses in the Qur'an enjoin separation and mo ...more

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