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Largely shrouded from the West, Iran is a hospitable and fascinating country

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Sheikh Lotfollah mosque on Naqsh-i Jahan Square with big fountain, Esfahan, Isfahan, Iran

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque on Naqsh-i Jahan Square with big fountain, Esfahan, Isfahan, Iran

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Brendan Daly in Tehran

Brendan Daly in Tehran

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Sheikh Lotfollah mosque on Naqsh-i Jahan Square with big fountain, Esfahan, Isfahan, Iran

‘You need to know something,” a tall, animated Iranian man tells me. He’s wearing an intense expression and his jabbing index finger is almost at my chest. “We are not terrorists,” he says. He pulls his pointed hand over his heart. “We love your nation. We love all nations. Iranian people love all the world’s peoples.”

I’m mid-conversation with the amiable, pink-shirted Afshin. We’re standing in a corner of Imam Square in the city of Isfahan in central Iran. As I’m finding out, Iranians want to change how their country is perceived and are fascinated by what you think of it. (“Do you love Iran?” Afshin later asks me.)


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