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Since its original publication in , the 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 in , the 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 8th by Hatherleigh Press first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8.
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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.
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 it 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. The bride i assume! Not true at all. Circumcision are done on the first week 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. Wi-Fi signals?. 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 on and on and on. But that's enough for this point. 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. 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. Jun 13, Charles J 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 in , when 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 in , shortly 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. 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.
'Its best use is as a doorstop'
The book advocates a tribal-group-survival explanation for the driving factors behind Arab culture. It was first published in , and later revised in A reprint was further "updated with new demographic information about the Arab world". The book came to public attention in , after investigative journalist Seymour Hersh , writing for The New Yorker revealed that the book was "the bible of the neocons on Arab behavior" to the effect that it was the source of the idea held by the US military officials responsible for the torture and abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib scandal that "Arabs are particularly vulnerable to sexual humiliation". The Foreword is by Norvell B. Patai is criticized in passing at several points in Edward Said 's book Orientalism. Other scholars [ who?
The Arab Mind
The major objectives of social science research involving the topics of "national character" or "personality and culture" are: 1 the prediction of the type of character that a given society is likely to produce, based upon the sum total of its culture and social structure and 2 the demonstration of how character or personality, in turn, impacts upon the very culture and social structure which has shaped it. Raphael Patai's recent book, The Arab Mind , is a significant scholarly contribution to the field of national character research in general and, more specifically, to the understanding of Arab culture and national character. Further, the book implicitly suggests the relevance of national character research to intelligence analysis. It seems, therefore, both appropriate and useful to assess Patai's book in the following contexts: 1 its contribution to the literature on the Arabs, 2 its status in terms of the evolutionary development of national character research as a field, and 3 both its relevance and that of national character research in general to intelligence analysis. Patai's book is clearly the product of a profound knowledge of Arab civilization. The book is well organized and, for a scholarly study, especially interestingly and elegantly written.