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Iran Hotels Fill Up as Rouhani’s Rapprochement Lifts Tourism

Beyond the vast sun-drenched courtyard of Esfahan’s Imam Mosque and its intricate 17th-century tiled stalactites, an audience of four Belgians and a Polish woman listens patiently to a young Iranian cleric.

Dressed in robes and Shiite turban, he explains in flawless English the differences between Islam’s two dominant sects and why the religion tells women to cover their hair. Smiling, the Belgians have photographs taken with the theologian.