Among the Iranians: A Guide to Iran's Culture and Customs

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Quercus, Dec 15, 2010 - History - 228 pages
"A sympathetic and evocative portrait of the Iranian people, their habits, customs and histories ... Essential reading." - Dr. Stephanie Cronin, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

The eyes of the world are on Iran, from nuclear issues to women's rights to Iran's perspective on Palestine. Yet a strictly political view does not allow for an accurate or complete outlook on this important and facinating country. In Among the Iranians, Greek-born author Sofia A. Koutlaki shares the lessons she's learned firsthand as a foreigner living in Tehran.

Through memorable anecdotes and in-depth explanations of Iranian customers, Koutlaki presentd a side of Iran that foreigners rarely see. The author's insight challenges readers to dispel their previous notions and judgements to see Iran at its heart - warm, inviting and rich with tradition. Among the Iranians is also an indispensable practical guide, offering insight about Iranian dress, etiquette and even food.
 

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Picture The title of the book caught me. I have dear friends from Iran. I just had to read this book. I’m very glad I did dive into Sofia Koutlaki’s Among the Iranians. This book gives an overview of ... Read full review

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in this book the author describes many aspects in the Iranians life , its customs , cultures, beliefs ,daily life matters , its not a through study , but its a book that can make the reader feel close to this nation , Iranians are pretty much the same as the other middle eastern races like Arabs, it can be a traveler hand book , but not a deep study for the Persian culture and people , i recommend it very much as a brief introduction for tourists or an easy to read pamphlet for people who want to know about Iranians . 

Contents

01 Getting There
1
02 Relationships and Face
19
03 Minding Your Ps and Qs
35
04 In His Name Religion and Calendrical Feasts
53
05 The World of Work and Business
71
06 Dress and MakeUp
89
07 From the Cradle to the Grave Education and Health
105
08 Partners in Joy and Sorrow
123
10 Going Places Doing Things
161
11 The Soul of the Nation
177
EPILOGUE
195
APPENDIX A Iran A Brief History
201
APPENDIX B The Solar and Lunar Calendars and Public Holidays
209
APPENDIX C The Holy Imams
212
NOTES
216
BIBLIOGRAPHY
223

09 The Food of Love
141

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