The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai Pg Much has been written on the subject of honor (sharaf) among the Arabs. What has not been emphasized, at lea. Raphael Patai’s The Arab Mind is a “field tested” book—and I mean . Raphael Patai wrote optimistically about the future of the Arab world. The book in question is called The Arab Mind, and is by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist who taught at several US universities.

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Jan 09, Robert rsphael it really liked it. Mothers don’t caress their sons’ penises, this is a twisted and hideous idea i don’t know where he got it from.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign mimd. Learned the assumptions about womens’ sexuality that they are insatiable and cannot control themselves that influences the societal seperation of the sexes, ppatai how it also serves as something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. But it also recognizes that Arab culture is very different from American and Western culture, and in some ways inferior.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Dec 23, Adam Glantz rated it did not like it Recommends it for: On patrol in Jabalya, a small city in Gaza While patrolling a side street with 3 three other soldiers we had a group of aarab to 30, 7 to 8 year old Arab children following after us A first source book to help each of us understand Arab Culture the is the complete opposite of Western culture.

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This page was last edited on 18 Juneat Chapters are devoted to the influence of Islam, sexual mores, Arab language and Arab art, Bedouin raohael, Arab arrab, and the pervasive influence of Westernization. Patai writing in was merely interested in objectivity; Nydell in propaganda. The archetypal Arab character he constructs goes beyond the stereotypes, without contradicting them.


Far more sensible and realistic than the men, they are the key to cultural and political change in their world.

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According to one professor at a US military college, The Arab Mind is “probably the single most popular and widely read book on the Arabs in the US military”. My goal is to read it by the end of the year since I’m not working! Sep 03, Wissam El Cheikh Hassan rated it did not like it. Subjects ArabsIn library. He talks about Al Fahlawi for instance, the typical Arab who is praised for his wit and cunningness in being such a con artist. Gore Vidal said that America never got it right with its intervention in the Arab world, and one reason is this very flawed work.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sunni Muslim or Shiite. The Arab Mind was originally published inbut – according to one US academic – actually belongs to the “national character” genre of writing that was popular in comparative politics around the middle of the last century. You would probably imagine them to be the musings of some 19th century colonialist. Patai asserts, for example, that Arabs “hate” the west.

Moughrabi, The Arab Basic Personality: A must if working in the Arab world. These statements, I think you’ll agree, are thoroughly offensive.

Want to know the differences in Culture between the West and the Middle East then this is a must read. If the book was about any other ethnic group, African Americans, Roman Catholics, Latinos, there would mindd a thousand condemnations. Oct 09, Bella rated it liked it Recommends it for: May 23, Janna rated it it was amazing.


Although the Arab countries certainly have their distinctive characteristics, the idea that million people, from Morocco to the Gulf, living in rural villages, urban metropolises and very rarely these raphhael desert tents, think with some sort of single, collective mind is utterly ridiculous.

The book explains why Arab adults asked me to shoot their children. Perhaps minr is now time he turned his attention to military schools in the US. The author looks at the Arabs and the World; Islam and who are the Arabs.

SO, I found this book very fascinating and also enlightening. So the criticisms are misplaced. Then the adults told us in Arabic and gestured to us to shoot the children. Or what would you add if you pagai writing a version for ?

This book became a standard text for American foreign service employees after it came out in the s and is responsible for distorting America’s relationship with the Arab world.

I enjoyed this book a great deal and found its information absolutely fascinating. I briefly dated an Arab and recognized things from that experience, and was able to re-interpret them with this new information. Paperback in English – Revised edition. Find a Physical Copy via WorldCat. I must admit that, despite having spent some years studying Arabic language and culture, I had not heard of this alleged masterpiece until last week, when the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh mentioned it in an article for New Yorker magazine.

A short-lived luxury, usually, if history is any guide.