1943: The US Army Pocket Guide to Iran
Thanks to The Arabist for posting this guide.
“Getting along in Iran is pretty much like getting along at home, except that the people are more formal. Use ordinary decency, politeness, and consideration, and you won’t have trouble. Be a little restrained, though friendly. And remember always that you aren’t going to Iran to change or reform the Iranis or tell them how much better we do things at home. Their ways of doing things have been good enough for them for some thousands of years, and they aren’t likely to change because you think they should.”
* Don’t try to tell Iranis how much better everything is in the United States. They think most things are better in Iran.
* Don’t touch a respectable Irani woman, or even look at one unnecessarily.
* Don’t mistake courtesy for friendship; an Irani is always polite, but he is fundamentally suspicious of foreigners.
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