Among the Iranians

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An indispensable practical guide, Among the Iranians offers insight into Iranian dress, etiquette, and food. Koutlaki explains everything readers need to know about culture and customs by sharing lessons she learned as a foreigner living in Tehran. Readers are challenged to dispel previous judgments of Iran and accept Koutlaki’s version of the country—warm, inviting, and rich with tradition.
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Among the Iranians: A Guide to Iran's Culture and Customs

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Overview


An indispensable practical guide, Among the Iranians offers insight into Iranian dress, etiquette, and food. Koutlaki explains everything readers need to know about culture and customs by sharing lessons she learned as a foreigner living in Tehran. Readers are challenged to dispel previous judgments of Iran and accept Koutlaki’s version of the country—warm, inviting, and rich with tradition.
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The Middle East in London Magazine
Koutlaki...has learned not only the language but the nuances of Iranian culture, and clearly loves her adopted country. She offers many details of Iranian traditional life and how it is organized, including the practices of ta'arof, the 'Ritual of Politeness'; and de rigeur explanations for Iranian forms of Islamic dress—the chador, the hijab, the manteau.
Sarah Arnott
Packed with fascinating insights into an ancient and widely misunderstood culture, it is part-travel guide, part-sociological analysis, part-autobiography-and a must-read for anyone who wants to know the real story about life in Iran.
Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Sofia Koutlaki has opened a window onto ordinary Iranians and their everyday lives. She takes us inside the home, but also out into public spaces, and shows us, with love, an Iran rarely seen by outsiders and a culture whose subtleties she has penetrated with skill and understanding. Her book is essential reading for outsiders who want to understand Iran. Iranians abroad too will find much here to please-and perhaps surprise-them.
Michael Axworthy
An excellent, useful introduction to Iranian culture and customs for people who have never been to Iran, or potential visitors. . . . The fact that the author has lived in Iran herself as a member of an Iranian family, enables her to go into greater detail on Iranian customs and habits of life than has been done in most other previous books.
Dr. Stephanie Cronin
This book provides a fascinating insight into the realities of daily life in Iran. Looking beyond the grim news headlines, the author paints a sympathetic and evocative portrait of the Iranian people, their habits, customs, and histories. It will become essential reading for anyone planning a trip to Iran, or who simply wishes to get to know the Iranian people better.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931930901
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/16/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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