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On a trip to Iran you look up an old girlfriend whom you have not seen for many years. On the telephone, her husband tells you that a visit is not possible because your friend is in purdah. When should you call back?

a) Never–your friend is in strict seclusion and you will not be allowed to see her.

b) Next week, when she is back from visiting her mother-in-law in the country.

c) On your next visit because you are leaving before she is scheduled to return.

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