Raphael Patai writes of sensitive human subjects and behavior in a way . Raphael Patai’s The Arab Mind is a “field tested” book—and I mean. The book in question is called The Arab Mind, and is by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist who taught at several US universities. Hersh also made reference to a book, The Arab Mind, by the cultural anthropologist Raphael Patai (). The notion that Arabs are particularly vulnerable.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai. De Atkine Foreword by.
Since its original publication inthe revised edition of Raphael Patai’s The Arab Mind has been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies.
This penetrating analysis unlocks the mysteries of Arab society to help us better understand a complex, proud and ancient culture. The Arab Mind discusses the upbringing of a typical Arab boy or Since its original publication inthe revised edition of Raphael Patai’s The Arab Mind has been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies.
The Arab Mind 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. Chapters are devoted to the influence of Islam, sexual mores, Arab language and Arab art, Bedouin values, Arab nationalism, and the pervasive influence of Westernization.
With a new foreword by Norvell B.
Paperbackpages. Published February 8th by Hatherleigh Press first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Arab Mindplease sign up. What parts if any of this book do you feel need to be updated? Or what would you add if you were writing a version for ? See 1 question about The Arab Mind…. Lists with This Book. 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.
He talks about Al Fahlawi for instance, the typical Arab who is praised for his wit and cunningness in being such a con artist. If you say to my father that so and so is a fahlwai, he would smile and say, good for him; such a clever man!
This is by far the best book I have seen in English written about my people, 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.
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.
I will be at your service. View all 5 comments. A very unscientific, biased and full-of-lies-book. I am really astonished at how the author claimed living between Arabs, yet most of what he talks about is nonsense. 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 A very unscientific, biased and full-of-lies-book.
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: Now let me start: Mothers don’t caress their sons’ penises, this is a twisted and hideous idea i don’t know where he got arzb from.
His obsession with Bedouin life-style and values and elevating them over Islam are grave errors. Pre-Islam Bedouins used to bury their daughters, i don’t see that happen now. Parai bride i assume! Not true at all. Circumcision are done on the first mibd after the boy is born.
Now for God’s sake who would believe such crap? Arabs are known to be jealous on their women and care for women’s dignity.
Ask any primary schools student and hewill tell you the biggest Muslim country is Indonesia. The author lied again. What we consider bad is pre-marital sex, because it destroys societal foundations and spread adultery and fornication.
The same with Syrian’s culture Bedouin or city dweller or peasant. Sunni Muslim or Shiite. I can go pati and on and on. But that’s enough for this point.
The Arab Mind
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.
It’s so common that people save themselves till after marriage. Over-working, being genius, and a little bit alcoholic. I 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. If you need a respected un-biased book on Muslims and of course Arab Mind, Check Graham Fuller’s “A World without Islam” it explains nearly everything on the subject and the best thing is that it was written by a man who studied Middle-East and Islam and worked for the CIA as an adviser, so he knows what he talks about.
View all 4 comments. Apr 29, Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing Shelves: For a detailed anthropological study of the Arab race, Raphael has indeed done a pretty thorough job. He has demonstrated the Arab conscience, both internal and external in great detail with countless examples from the current history.
Questions like why Western colonists are 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 c For a detailed anthropological study of the Arab race, Raphael has indeed done a pretty thorough job.
Questions like why Western colonists are 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.
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I would highly recommend this valuable book to any one interested in the Arabic race. Jun 13, Charles rated it it was amazing. The first group, for whom ideology matters more than reality, hate this book. The second group, largely military, for whom their lives depend on an accurate perception of reality, love this book. This divergence alone suggests the book is worth reading. 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.
To all accounts, the book was extremely useful to those officers. However, the book also came in for a great deal of criticism, led by agitprop artist Seymour Hersh, because it is not politically correct. It dispassionately analyzes Arab culture, and offers a clear roadmap for interacting with that culture. But it also recognizes that Arab culture is very different from American and Western culture, and in some ways inferior.
This dispassionate analysis does not serve the ends of the social justice warrior crowd, so they cry racism. The irony of all this is that Patai actually is very sympathetic to Arabs. He likes Arabs and Arab culture.
He lived for decades in Jerusalem pre-Israel. And, in fact, his conclusions about Arab culture he last updated the book inshortly before he died, though it was first published in are generally quite optimistic about the future of Arabs and Arab culture.
If you actually read his book, you see that Patai is far from anti-Arab. But you have to read the book. The critics never have any specifics—they object to the very idea that Arab culture could be perceived as anything but wonderful in all regards. No need to read any books or address any arguments! More time to join the latest howling low-information Twitter mob!
He emphasize that this involves generalizations of qualities that contain many variations among individuals. Patai exhaustively demonstrates that Arabs themselves have always held that there is a common Arab approach to some things as any culture hasfor example: So the criticisms are misplaced. Patai writing in was merely interested in objectivity; Nydell in propaganda. But the facts they offer the reader are close to identical. Patai and Nydell also address improvidence, predestination, the tendency to substitute words for action, violence of words, control of temper, etc.
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. Another important point to make when reading and analyzing Patai is that he focuses relatively little on Islam.
Araab, Islam gets all the ink in the West, for patwi reasons. Yet, with one exception, none of them is part of the ethical system of the Koran; and conversely again with the same exceptionnone of the ethical teachings of the Koran have developed into a dominant feature in the actual Arab ethics ara virtue.
He is not remotely obsessed with Arab sexual behavior, contrary to patia criticisms, but he does discuss it, as he should. Occasionally the book shows its age, though generally its analysis is timeless. But then, Patai, as I say, was very positive about the Arab future, in a way that has not been borne out in the past three decades.
Contrary to his hopes, though, Arab unity has declined greatly, with the fragmentation of nation-states brought by the Arab Spring, and the rise of crypto-Kharijites like ISIS. One point about the Kindle version—it literally makes the frequent Arabic phrases that Patai uses unreadable. Weird symbols like apples are substituted for Arabic characters. 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.