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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The irony of all this is that Patai actually is very sympathetic to Arabs. Would not help you to understand Arab but rather judge them.

Jun 14, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: There is a lot wrong with The Arab Mind apart from its racism: At one stage, the training patwi gave free copies to officials when they were posted to US embassies in the Middle East. Jan 04, Alex rated it it was amazing.

Thomas Tanel rated it really liked it Sep 06, Patai links the Arab character to the Bedouin tradition e. Lists with This Book. Trivia About The Arab Mind. 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.

A Critical Survey of the Literature. Webarchive template wayback links All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from October The author admits that a lot of oversimplification and generalization has to be assumed to attempt the conclusions he draws.


Originally published inthe revised edition of patal been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies. But, on that day we passed a coffee afab were several male Arab adults were sitting. The group aspect of the mind. 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.

I found it to be an enlightening book.

Read this before living in Saudi Arabia for two years None of the academics I contacted thought the book suitable for serious study, although Georgetown University once eaphael students to analyse it as “an example of bad, biased social science”. Archived from the original on February 23, Was an invaluable preparation for the different thought processes I’d find.

The book in question is called The Arab Mind, and is by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist who taught at several US universities, including Columbia and Princeton. There are chapters on the language, pe If you have any dealings with anyone from the Middle East this is a must read book. 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. But you have to read the book.

Jul 13, Natassia rated it really liked it.

THE ARAB MIND by Raphael Patai | Kirkus Reviews

I found more diversity among Saudis than the book lead me to expect, but it was right on in the different vector between Western and Middle eastern thought. Patai writing in was merely interested in objectivity; Nydell in propaganda. Edited by Leslie B Ruby. A reprint was oatai “updated with new demographic information about the Arab world”.


The Arab Mind

Feb 24, Hassan rated it it was ok. This analysis unlocks the mysteries of Arab society to help us better understand a complex, proud and ancient culture. The Arab mind Close. You would probably imagine them to be the musings of some 19th century colonialist. After the patrol, I check with the sergeant, who spoke Arabic, not believing pztai I saw.

I have a lot more study to do! He is not remotely obsessed with Arab sexual behavior, contrary to occasional criticisms, but rphael does discuss it, as he should. No trivia or quizzes yet. This is by far the best book I have seen in English written about my people, the Arabs.

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View all mine comments. See 1 question about The Arab Mind…. I recommend this book to anyone who shares that interest in cultural understanding and relationship building. Ibru Sidd rated it it was amazing Dec 21, Last edited by Mek. If the book was about any other ethnic group, African Americans, Roman Catholics, Latinos, there would be a thousand condemnations.

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