Tunisia: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Sitting at the northernmost bulge of North Africa and thrustingtoward Europe, Tunisia is Africa at its most Mediterranean andArabia at its most cosmopolitan. From its earliest days Tunisia hasbeen open to influences from abroad; all the great empires of theMediterranean basin have ruled Tunisia, leaving fascinatingvestiges of their rule.Tunisians are warm and hospitable, but for the uninitiated therecan be pitfalls galore in social interaction. For example, candourand honesty are not valued as highly as respect, dignity, andavoiding stigma. Furthermore, while the Tunisia that visitors tendto see is modern, progressive, and prosperous, local traditionstill holds great sway. A large number of Tunisians believe in thepower of blessings and curses, explain difficult times as maktoub(fate), and view illness as the result of maliciously intendedmagic.Culture Smart! Tunisia will start you on the path tounderstanding this complex, rich, and fascinating culture byopening a window into the private lives of Tunisians, to show howthey behave at home and how they react to foreign visitors. Thebrief historical overview provides an insight into the way the pasthas helped to shape the Tunisian present.There are chapters on customs and traditions, with advice on howto make friends and avoid faux pas. For the business traveler,there is practical guidance on how to get things done, and how tomake the most of the opportunities that present themselves.