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Cultural notes on Arab countries and Persians Cultural notes on Arab countries and Persians
by Akli Hadid
2018-12-08 09:32:48
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Cultural notes on Arab people and Persians, in no particular order.

-A lot of Arabs and Persians don't have the desire to be loved but have the desire to be feared. Let me explain.

-When trying to date men or women, Arabs tend to use an aggressive approach rather than a soft and tender approach. They often cause fear rather than affection.

-In friendship, a lot of Arabs will want to be feared rather than be treated as friends. They will often hint at becoming violent, rather than being generous.

-At the workplace Arabs and Persians want to be feared. They will not try to build mutually supportive teams, but teams where members fear each other.

-A lot of times, Arabs and Persians will be agreeable on the first couple of dates or meetings, before going back to their instinct of wanting to be feared.

-Wanting to be feared manifests itself with the following: not respecting your personal space, hinting at violence, constantly cursing and yelling, making threats, constantly disagreeing with you and constantly questioning the validity of your claims.

-Another tactic to be feared is constantly distorting the truth. A lot of Arabs and Persians will make confusing claims, so you may want to fact check their claims.

arb001_400-Because they will want to be feared, a lot of times they will end up in situations where they will have to simulate kindness. When they receive guests or meet people for the first time, they might act kind, but a lot of times will overdo it. I was once served a can of Coke on a plate, to give an example.

-There's a saying, one I'm making up, that Arab guests don't know how to leave. If you invite an Arab guest, they might spend days before they leave, in some cases months or even years. You will need a good excuse for making them leave, and they will be very offended when you invite them to leave.

-Arab guests will make themselves at home, completely. They may even invite their friends or throw parties at your house without consulting you.

-Arab and Persian societies are very conservative when it comes to dating, marriage, religion and rituals, but tend to forgo those when allowed, as in when they are in a free country.

-Men and women tend to be separate in Arab and Persian societies. Even when men and women work together, distances are kept, and meals are rarely shared together.

-Arabs and Persians are paranoid about four things: their family, their sisters, their money and being feared. Don't insult their family, don't mention their sisters, be very careful how you handle money with them, and don't make it sound like you don't fear them.

-Arabs and Persians do fear their fathers and their boss. But they tend to fear no one else.

-Finally, there's a great deal of ambiguity in Arab society, be it in discourse or in relationships. Arabs and Persians tend not to like clearly defined relationships, clear speeches or clear arrangements. You may become very frustrated if you try to make clear arrangements with them.


   
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