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

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

by Sofia A. Koutlaki
 

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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

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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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An excellent, useful introduction to Iranian culture and customes for people who have never been to Iran.—Michael Axworthy, author of A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

Sofia Koutlaki has opened a winddow 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.—Ziba Mir-Hosseini, author of Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran, and co-director of the award-winning film Divorce Iranian Style

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931930901
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
04/16/2010
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
1,351,581
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Sofia A. Koutlaki was born in Athens in 1964 and has called Greece, Britain and Iran home. She is an independent researcher and writer whose work often explores cultures and how they function. She also works as a freelance translator and English teacher, is currently at work on a novel set in Greece and maintains a blog at www.amongtheiranians.blogspot.com

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