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Iran - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Williams
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Book Description

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include

* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* dos, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken

"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

" useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times

Editorial Reviews


Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer - useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine - ...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times.

About the Author

STUART WILLIAMS is a British journalist specializing in financial and current affairs. A graduate in German and Russian from Worcester College, Oxford, he has worked in Frankfurt as bureau chief for AFX News and as a senior editor for Agence France Presse (AFP) for Europe and Africa in Paris, and for the Middle East in Cyprus. He has covered elections and militant attacks in Russia from Moscow, and Israel’s war against Hezbollah in summer 2006 from Beirut. Stuart first traveled around Iran as a tourist after leaving university and was immediately entranced by a country that appeared so different from its image abroad. Having attempted to learn a serviceable Persian, he now works for AFP in Tehran.

Product Details

  • File Size: 921 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1857334701
  • Publisher: Kuperard (October 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZRYLI
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun guide to Iran December 12, 2008
By Winston
Even though this small booklet is considered to be a travel guide, it is very well written. Detailed and factual. It gives a great image/impression of the Iranian people, their traditions and the country itself. It's short but fun to read. I laughed a lot while reading it. It really captured the meaning of being an Iranian. Fun Stuff and practical. Almost every thing in this little book makes sense and is true. Apparently the author has done his homework on Iran. Politics aside (no one gets the Iranian politics correctly any ways so I am willing to cut him some slack there) this tiny book does a good job. Buy this if you're traveling to/thru Iran. Have fun!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matches my experience May 26, 2013
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Based on living and traveling in Iran for an extended time under the Shah, speaking passable Persian, and visiting for 10 days in 2011, I found two kinds of things in this book: Things I know are correct; and things that ring true, which I wish I had known. I had a couple of little nit-picky disagreements with the text, but this may simply be that I lived in different places or travelled in different circles.

Another commenter suggested this book missed a little on politics. I can't speak to that.

The bottom line is that Iranians are gracious hosts, being in Iran is a delight, and I always felt safe and secure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite decent introduction to Iranian culture July 14, 2013
Culture Smart Iran, gives a balanced view on Iranian culture. For instance the cultural challenges is weighted against the hospitality culture. The confusing paradox between the traditional and modern, sex segregation and mixing etc is also presented in an interesting manner.

Some left outs and weaknesses that makes me rate this book with 4 stars instead of 5:

-it is claimed that Iran was the only country in the first wave of the Arab conquests to retain its own language - what abaout the Ottomans?

-when discussing the policies of the Shah tha provoced the Iranian people, one of the most controversial - to make Americans immune against prosecution is left out.

-former Iranian president Rafsanjani is introduced as a pragmatic leader who sought reconstruction after the war, but that he was the commander of the Iranian army during the war is not mentioned

-because it was reprinted and not updated in 2010 many population numbers, exchange rates etc are outdated. For the same reason the Green movement is not covered.

-In the communication chapter the all too familiar mistake of introducing the history of the Persian language instead of teaching the reader how to express "one bus ticket to Teheran" please and "tea please" is repeated.

-The conclusion paragraph is hardly a conclusion

All in all a quite decent introduction to Iranian culture!
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My wife and I are planning a three week visit to Iran at the end of April. Although we are frequent travellers to off beat destinations I must admit to a deal of trepidation about this trip. I found William's book immensely readable and full of balanced and useful information. I commend the book as a very useful introduction to travel to Iran.
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