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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Jun 01, Nate Hill rated it it was ok. Replace the word “African” in the quotations above with the word “Arab”, and you have them as they appear in the book.

The critics never have any specifics—they object to the very idea that Arab imnd could be perceived as anything but wonderful in all regards. Positive characteristics are mentioned, but are given relatively short shrift.

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Thomas Tanel rated it really liked it Sep 06, SO, I found this book very fascinating and also enlightening. I recommend this book to anyone who shares that interest in cultural understanding and relationship building. Patai is criticized in passing at several points in Edward Said ‘s book Orientalism.

Last week, my own further enquiries about the book revealed something even more alarming. You would probably imagine them to be the musings of some 19th century colonialist. It is written by a non-Arab who has spent his lifetime studying the Arabic language and culture. The same with Syrian’s culture Bedouin or city dweller or peasant.

While Patai used three surveys carried out by others, there is no evidence that he employed polling techniques, large population samples, or psychological projective tests in his research. A must if working in the Arab world. In addition, a number of comparative studies appeared such as Francis L.


Patai writing in was merely interested in objectivity; Nydell in propaganda. Lists with This Book. Moreover, his adherence to this framework throughout his book is, indeed, impressive. The minr group, for whom ideology matters more than reality, hate this book.

The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai

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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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. My goal is to read it parai the end of the year since I’m not working!

What parts if any of this book do you feel need to be updated?

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 of communication, from US citizens living outside of the US. In “outlying patsi, such as Siwa oasis in Egypt, Patai says, “homosexuality is the rule, and practised completely in the open”.

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.


This is a disappointing book from a scholar with such great credentials. Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display Library. Open Preview See a Problem? In his chapter, jind Group Aspects of the Mind,” his discussion of the relationship of the concepts of national character and modal personality and their utility in the study of highly homogeneous societies as compared to heterogeneous industrialized societies clearly demonstrates his concern with the theoretical framework of his research — a concern which has not received adequate emphasis in this field.

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Pre-Islam Bedouins used to bury their daughters, i don’t see that happen now. But you have to read the book. 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.

The book is not actually about Africans. A Critical Survey of the Literature.

I must admit that, despite having spent some years studying Arabic language and culture, I had minf heard of this alleged masterpiece until last week, when the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh mentioned it paai an article for New Yorker magazine.

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.

Trivia About The Arab Mind. Then the adults told us in Arabic and gestured to us to shoot the children. I read this book about a year and a half prior to my first deployment to Iraq. Purchased from my local library sale.