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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In a word, the book is racist. Oct 10, Carrie Leedy marked it as to-read. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The group aspect of the mind.

While at midn it gets a bit academic, overall, this is an outstanding reference for those trying to gain a better understanding of Arab culture and society and the drivers and influences behind them.

It dispassionately analyzes Arab culture, and offers a clear roadmap for interacting with that culture. We, and our government officials, soldiers, businesspeople and diplomats, do ourselves no favors by deliberately blinding ourselves to reality, both its ugly and its pretty faces.

I will try to make my review as short as possible, but i want to indicate something that no one talked about; Patai was Jewish, he lived in the time of Arab-Israeli conflicts, so i can’t trust him a bit, and it’s understandable that he might sided with Israel, but come on, why relying on his account while i have much better books Arabs: Jul 13, Natassia rated it really liked it. 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 days desert tents, think with some sort of single, collective mind is utterly ridiculous.

Not true at all. On patrol in Jabalya, a small city in Gaza While patrolling a side street with 3 three other soldiers we had a group of 20 to 30, 7 to 8 year old Arab children following after us throwing mud and stones at us, never very accurately or forcefully.


The book was described by The Guardian correspondent Brian Whitaker as one that presents “an overwhelmingly negative picture of the Arabs. If you have one bit of interest in the Arab people, you As an Arab, I am amazed at this author what genius he has in presenting the Arab mind as if he is an insider himself.

Minf got tired of writing all these, but believe me it’s a worthless book, it’s only use could be to study how propaganda against certain people works.

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As an Arab, I am amazed at this author what genius he has in presenting the Arab mind as if he is an insider himself. Questions like why Western colonists minc hated so much more than the Ottomons who colonized all of the Arab countries far longer, the Arab relationship with modernity, its treatment of women, episodes of sudden and inexplicable emotional outbursts are adequately covered by numerous examples from arabic literature. Patai is criticized in passing at several points in Edward Said ‘s book Orientalism.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. What thorough insight into the Arab psyche. I rated it three because it was not then a very readable text. For my part i am 29 and i have never had sex before, not even a kiss because i want to get married and see that later, also i make sure that none of my two sisters does anything like that, and the best thing is that i don’t have to give them advice as they know that it’s in their best interest.

These children were related and known to these adults.

The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai

There are many familiar tags — fatalism, emotionalism, rhetoric, disunity, concern with “”face,”” personalization of political problems. Perhaps it is now time he turned his attention to military schools in the US.

A section on Child rearing practices includes differential evaluation of boys and girls,early roots of the male-female relationship, childhood rewards and adult achievement and other areas. As a work of sexual fantasy it might be a mediocre read, but nothing more. He is not remotely obsessed with Arab sexual behavior, contrary to occasional criticisms, but he does discuss it, as he should.


Paperback in English – Revised edition. A first ara book to help each of us understand Arab Culture the is the complete opposite of Western culture.

Oct 09, Bella rated it liked it Recommends it for: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Other scholars [ who?

Over-working, being genius, and a little bit alcoholic. Patai exhaustively demonstrates that Arabs themselves have always held that there is a common Arab approach to some things as any culture hasfor example: He confirmed to me, that raphzel adults had told us to shoot their children.

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The Arab Mind

Hopefully accessibility has improved in later editions. Replace the word “African” in the quotations above with the word “Arab”, and you have them as they appear in the book. There are chapters on the language, pe If you have any dealings with anyone from the Middle East this is a must read book.

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”.

I first read the book minx two years in the Israeli Army Patai also addresses what to Westerners are obscure points like what is apparently a very large and very important cultural difference between Arabs from the north and south of the Arabian peninsula, so-called dual descent, either Qays or Yaman. Learned the assumptions about womens’ sexuality that they are insatiable and cannot control themselves that influences the societal seperation of the sexes, and how it also serves as something of a rzphael prophecy.