Afghanistan: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
When describing the inexplicable attraction of this country,travelers often talk about the “Afghanistan bug” that bitesfirst-time visitors and makes them fall madly in love with it. Formost people around the world, however, the very mention ofAfghanistan evokes an image of a remote, wretched place embroiledin continuous war and conflict.Behind the headlines live a people who are among the mosthospitable and honorable in the world. Generally speaking Afghansociety is organized along ethnic and tribal lines. However, ethnicidentity becomes irrelevant in the face of a common threat. Thereare also many shared values and unwritten codes of conduct thatgovern personal relations, which are not taken lightly. Outsidershave always been confounded by the two extreme experiences of theferocity of the Afghan people and by their boundless generosity andhospitality.In Culture Smart! Afghanistan we have set out to explain thecountry’s history, its people—their habits, customs, traditions,idiosyncrasies, suspicions about foreigners, and patterns ofbehavior—and its current place in the world. The book will give youan idea of how to interact with the Afghans, how to interpret theirbehavior, and how to behave appropriately in their company, whetherin personal or business exchanges. It will prepare you for ajourney through a society that is difficult to navigate and oftenhard to understand. Stay the course, and the rewards will begreat.