Iranians take their role as hosts very seriously; there are well-developed rules governing social conduct and interaction. This comes from a genuine desire to put others’ needs first and please where possible. Ta’arof, the Iranian system of courtesy, can be a minefield if unknown (see below), but it makes Iran a haven for travellers – you will be treated with unfailing politeness wherever you go. (1031-1033)

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