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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Now let me start: The book discusses the upbringing of a typical Arab boy or girl, the intense concern with honor and courage, the Arabs’ tendency toward extremes of behavior, and their ambivalent attitudes toward the West. Controversial and scathing in parts, this book should be read with caution and balanced by other study.

They would also as small children do, run close to us tempting us to catch them. If you actually read his book, you see that Patai is far from anti-Arab. Webarchive template wayback links All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded arzb Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from October Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Paperbackpages. Want to know the differences in Culture between the West and the Middle East then this is a must read.

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The Arab Mind

Originally published inthe revised edition of has been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies. I will be at your service. I read this book about a year and a half prior to my first deployment to Iraq. Subjects ArabsIn library. The author has lived in the Middle East for extensive periods of time and has many Arab friends.


Purchased from my local library sale. The result is a collection of outrageously broad – and often suspect – generalisations.

If you have one bit of interest in the Arab people, you should by all means get your copy of this book and don’t hesitate to email me or contact me directly. Now for God’s sake who would believe such crap?

Its rise to semi-prominence began inwhen during the Iraq War the American military, desperately short of soldiers who knew anything about Arab culture, but desperately needing to insert thousands of soldiers into that culture, began informally distributing the book to officers. I briefly dated an Arab and recognized things from that experience, and was able to re-interpret them with this new information. He is not remotely obsessed with Pahai sexual behavior, contrary to occasional criticisms, but he does discuss it, as he should.

Patai writing in was merely interested in objectivity; Nydell in propaganda.

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But you have to read the book. A Critical Survey of the Literature. Return to Book Page. Ibru Sidd rated it it was amazing Dec 21, For a detailed anthropological study of the Arab race, Raphael has indeed done a pretty thorough job.

It made me wish that we all had a glimpse into this information, because I truly believe it could broaden our understanding of and ability to build productive relationships with people who otherwise seem so different from ourselves. This is a disappointing book from a scholar with such great credentials. History Created December 9, 5 revisions Download catalog record: As a work of sexual fantasy it might be a mediocre read, but nothing more.

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