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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Any event that is outside routine everyday occurrence can trigger such a loss of control Majd rated it liked it Sep 02, Pre-Islam Bedouins used to bury their daughters, i don’t see that happen now. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

A Critical Survey of the Literature. I assume that this book is already somewhat or very out-of-date, and I would absolutely have to defer to the people I know from that part of the world to educate me on their culture, world view, etc. This divergence alone suggests the book is worth reading. A must-read for anyone who works with Arabs!

If you have information about these or other national afab challenges, please provide it through our secure online form. Large samples of given populations, the projective psychological test, and public opinion polling techniques were increasingly employed.

Far more mine and realistic than the men, they are the key to cultural and political change in their world. Report Threats The United States and its partners continue to face a growing number of global threats and challenges.


The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai

Last edited by Mek. This went back and forth several times an escalated to trading insults. The intellectual roots of national character research can be traced to cultural anthropology as early as the ‘s.

The specialist on the Arabs may not discover anything startlingly new about Arab character or world view in Patai’s book, but he will probably acquire a better appreciation of the cultural and psychological wellsprings of Arab behavior. Apr 27, Kameel Nasr rated it did not like it.

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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 jind. Because of safety concerns for the prospective applicant, as well as security and communication issues, the CIA Recruitment Center does not accept resumes, nor can we return phone calls, e-mails or other forms arah communication, from US citizens living outside of the US.

A greater effort was also made to use more precise measurement techniques.

Government Archived at the Wayback Machine. It seems, therefore, both appropriate and useful to assess Patai’s book in the following contexts: Read this before living in Saudi Arabia for two years Ignoring reality is the luxury of an opulent society. In some ways, the book’s appeal to the military is easy to understand, because it gives a superficially coherent view of the Arab enemy and their supposed personality defects.

Questions like why Western colonists are hated so much more than the Ottomons who colonized all of the Arab countries far longer, the Arab srab with modernity, its treatment of women, episodes of sudden and inexplicable emotional outbursts are adequately covered by numerous examples from arabic literature.

You might also like. The United States and its partners continue to face a growing number of global threats and challenges. Books by Raphael Patai. 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’.


Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display Library. In this respect, it is appropriate to compare Patai’s book with Sania Hamady’s The Temperament and Character of the Arabspublished insince the objective of both authors was the same — the delineation of Arab national character.

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. It is in this latter respect that The Arab Mind is an important contribution to the scholarly literature on the Arabs.

Oct 09, Bella rated it liked it Recommends it for: Topics World news World dispatch. But you have to read the book.

Patai’s approach is very similar to that employed, for example, in the Benedict and Hamady studies already cited, and by Dinko Tomasic in Personality and Culture in Eastern European Politics. A reprint was further “updated with new demographic information about the Arab world”. It is also readily digestible, uncomplicated by nuances and caveats, and has lots of juicy quotes, a generous helping of sex, and no academic jargon.

Jun 15, Robert Krenzel rated it really liked it Shelves: It is, mindd book says, the Arabs who are lazy, sex-obsessed, and apt to turn violent over the slightest little thing.