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By Sofia Koutlaki

Offers an within examine the hidden ideas that exist between Iranians, from well mannered habit and the underlying inspiration of face to gender roles to the picture that Iranians are looking to undertaking to the world.

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Since the yard always faces south, the street runs along one side of the house, giving owners the choice of either a yard or a building entrance, or often both. qxd 1/25/10 8:05 AM Page 12 AMONG THE IRANIANS INSIDE A TRADITIONAL IRANIAN HOUSE The first time I visited Iran, in February 1989, I was working for an Iranian governmental company in London, and I was invited as an official guest for the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Hossein and I were already married, and this was the first time I would meet his family, who lived in Tehran.

X” (hamkâr-e azizemun Âqâ -ye/ Khânum-e X) and to “our beloved country” (keshvar-e aziz-e-mun). On special occasions like festivals or a mourning day, speakers also offer wishes or condolences. This interpersonal ritual gives audiences the feeling that they are in the presence of acquaintances and helps hold their attention. QUANTITY VS. QUALITY OF LIFE Another classification proposed by Hofstede, Masculinity vs. Femininity, was later changed by some users to Quantity vs. Quality of Life. One presupposition behind this axis is that women’s values across cultures are more similar to each other, whereas men’s values across cultures show a greater variation.

Qxd 1/25/10 8:05 AM Page 39 A Guide to Iran’s Culture and Customs This recommendation acknowledges the importance of names among Iranians. ” It is sometimes pronounced jun, the latter option being more common. In relationships within the family circle, this is something of a paradox. By definition, family relationships are defined by intimacy or, at least, familiarity. On the other hand, two other considerations are also important: age, and whether a person is mahram, because an age difference and being a nâmahram can create a notional distance between speakers.

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