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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I might not really agree with all things brought in by the author in this book, however, I do accept them as being “what he sees and believes”, especially with the fact that those view are presented by the author mostly afab some supportive evidence. Very detailed, not an easy read.

This book deals with all facets of Arab life and describes what makes an Arab tick. Perhaps minv is now time he turned his attention to military schools in the US.

THE ARAB MIND by Raphael Patai | Kirkus Reviews

The result is a collection of outrageously broad – and often suspect – generalisations. I found it to be an enlightening book. Feb 23, Wachlin Hotmail rated it really liked it Shelves: The author admits that a lot of oversimplification and generalization has to be assumed paai attempt the conclusions he draws.

But it also recognizes that Arab culture is very different from American and Western culture, and in some ways inferior. Mothers don’t caress their sons’ penises, this is a twisted and hideous idea i don’t know where he got it from.

Want to Read saving…. There are chapters on the language, personality, Bedouin values and the Bedouin ethos and modern society, sexual relations, emotions and reality, art, music and literature, unity and conflict, conflict resolution, Arab stagnation, and the psychology of westernization. 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.


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 Mid children following after us throwing mud and stones at us, never very accurately or forcefully.

The author lied again. Books by Raphael Patai.

Sunni Muslim or Shiite. The book is a classic case of orientalism which, by focusing on what Edward Said called the “otherness” of Arab culture, sets up barriers that can then be exploited for political purposes. 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 rapphael 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.


More by Raphael Patai. 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.

There are chapters on the language, pe If you have any dealings with anyone from the Middle East this is a must read patwi.

A short-lived luxury, usually, if history is any guide. The irony of all this is that Patai actually is very sympathetic to Arabs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thomas Tanel rated it really liked it Sep 06, Patai died inbut his book was revived by Hatherleigh Press in patal timed for the war in Iraqand reprinted with an enthusiastic introduction by Pztai “Tex” De Atkine, a former US army colonel and the head of Middle East studies at Fort Bragg.


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Open Preview See a Problem? Now let me start: Ask any primary schools student and hewill tell you the biggest Muslim country is Indonesia. In their discussions, he said, two themes emerged – ‘one, that Arabs only understand force, and two, that the biggest weakness of Arabs is shame and humiliation’.

The same with Syrian’s culture Bedouin or city dweller or peasant. Go to the editions section to read or download ebooks.

This penetrating analy I’d say this is one of the few books I’ve seen written about Arabs by a non-Arab person, but in a fair and well explained manner. He confirmed to me, that the adults had told us to shoot their children.

This unequivocal statement is based on accounts dating fromandand, in a arphael, Patai concedes that they “need to be checked out by an anthropologically trained observer”. This page was last edited on 18 Juneat Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.