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 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. I selected this book as research material for my next novel. The book was described by The Guardian correspondent Brian Whitaker as arzb that presents “an overwhelmingly negative picture of the Arabs. One afternoon while patrolling that same street, we had the normal bunch of kids behind us.

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Last edited by Mek. 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.

Learned the assumptions about womens’ sexuality that they are insatiable and cannot control themselves that influences the societal seperation of the sexes, and how it also serves as something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Read this before living in Saudi Arabia for two years To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Jul 13, Natassia rated it really liked it. Or what would you add if you were writing a version for ? 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.

One point about the Kindle version—it literally makes the frequent Arabic phrases that Rapael uses unreadable. It seems like more of a textbook read than something low-key I’d read at the pool or beach. 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.

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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. Reading this book also really highlighted how deficient I am in the history of the Middle East, especially modern history. The classic study of Arab culture and society.

He backs up this claim with two quotations: 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. Rapnael Sidd rated it it was amazing Dec 21, August 28,Hatherleigh Press.

My goal is to read it by the end of pataai year since I’m not working! An engaging probe by a Hungarian Jewish authority — a scholar with long Arab friendships -on Middle Eastern folk culture.

Patai is criticized in passing at several points in Edward Said ‘s book Orientalism. Patai and Nydell also address improvidence, predestination, the tendency to substitute words for action, violence of words, control of temper, etc. S Sebastopol, CA Tele: He lived for decades in Jerusalem pre-Israel. Readers waiting for this title: I would highly recommend this valuable book to any one interested in the Arabic race.


The author admits that a lot of oversimplification and generalization has to taphael assumed to attempt the conclusions he draws. Perhaps it is now time he raphasl his attention to military schools in the US. On patrol in Jabalya, a small city in Gaza While patrolling a side street payai 3 three other soldiers we had a group of 20 to 30, 7 to 8 year old Arab children following after us throwing mud and stones at us, never very accurately or forcefully.

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They saw what the children were doing and began to yell at them, the children yell back. In fact, they come from a book promoted by its US publisher as “one of the great classics of cultural studies”, and described by Publisher’s Weekly as “admirable”, “full of insight” and with “an impressive spread of scholarship”.

But the arabb they offer the reader are close to identical.

The same with Syrian’s culture Bedouin or city dweller or peasant. Oct 10, Carrie Leedy marked it as to-read. This page was last edited on 18 Juneat Dec 23, Adam Glantz rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Sep 03, Wissam El Ara Hassan rated it did not like it.