An extremely intense read about women in the Islamic world, in particular the Middle East. It should be noted that Goodwin is respectful toward Islam. The first chapter of the book is a look at the history of Islam, in particular in regards to women. The people that Goodwin interviews are followers of Islam. The point is that the treatment is due to fundementalism, which would be true of any religion.Goodwin looks at not only the treatment of women under a fundementalism regim, but also why such regimes gain power. A must read not only for the current events in the Middle East but also for the treatment of women.