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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View all 5 comments. The anthropologists, joined by the psychiatrists, combined the use of psychoanalytic theory, interaction theory, child development theory, and learning theory with standard anthropological research methods to construct models of the contemporary cultures of wartime enemy countries, Japan and Germany.

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. We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. This book has been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies.

Open Preview See a Problem? A must if working in the Arab world. None of the academics I contacted thought the book suitable for serious study, although Georgetown University once invited students to analyse it as “an example of bad, biased social science”.

Has great history, though. Patai died inbut his book was revived by Hatherleigh Press in nicely timed for the war in Iraqand reprinted with an enthusiastic introduction by Norvell “Tex” De Atkine, a former US army colonel and the head of Middle East studies at Fort Bragg. I am really astonished at how the author claimed living between Arabs, yet most of what he talks about is nonsense. This book is about Arab culture. Subjects ArabsIn library.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At one stage, the training department gave free copies to officials when they were posted to US embassies in the Middle East. Jun 01, Nate Hill rated it it was ok.


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A greater effort was also made to use more precise measurement techniques. To all accounts, the book was extremely useful to those officers.

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 mine job.

There are chapters on the language, pe If you have any dealings with anyone from the Middle East this is a must arag book.

There is a lot wrong with The Arab Mind apart from its racism: But, on that day we passed a coffee house were several male Arab adults were sitting. The Aarab Mind by Raphael Patai. It dispassionately analyzes Arab culture, and offers a clear roadmap for interacting with that culture. Instead, it takes some of the hoariest old prejudices about black people and applies them to Arabs.

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While at times it gets a bit academic, overall, this is an outstanding reference for those trying to gain a minx understanding of Arab culture and society and the drivers and influences behind them. If you actually read his book, you see that Patai is far from anti-Arab. Moreover, his adherence to this framework throughout his book is, indeed, impressive. In a speech last week, the US president, George Bush, congratulated himself on having removed “hateful propaganda” from the schools in Iraq.

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The Arab Mind

Although the Arab countries certainly have their distinctive characteristics, the idea that million people, from Morocco to the Gulf, living patak rural villages, urban metropolises and very rarely these days desert tents, think with some sort of single, collective mind is utterly ridiculous.

It was precisely the inaccessibility of the target country and the availability of only fragmentary information about it that made national character research relevant to intelligence analysis during the war. As a work of sexual fantasy it might be a It started somewhat interestingly with good historical and social contextual analysis of the Arabs.


On patrol in Jabalya, a small city in Gaza While patrolling a side street with 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. This book is not for entertainment, but it kept me engrossed. In a word, the book is racist. Much work, of course, remains to be done to improve the scientific basis of national character research.

International Journal of Middle East Studies9. This book deals with all ppatai of Arab life and describes what makes an Arab tick. The first group, for whom ideology matters more than reality, hate this book. On patrol in Jabalya, a small city in Gaza While patrolling a side street with 3 three other soldiers we had a group of 20 to 30, 7 to 8 year old Arab children following after us A first source book to help each of us understand Arab Culture the is the complete opposite of Western culture.

He confirmed to me, that the adults had told us to shoot their children. I encourage all Americans to read this book. Are you sure you want to remove The Arab mind from your list? Its methodology, therefore – not to mention much of its content – was considerably behind the times even when it first appeared. This penetrating analy 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.

Aab emphasize that this involves generalizations agab qualities that contain many variations among individuals. To make such an assessment, it is necessary to review briefly the development of this genre of research.

Originally published inthe revised edition of has been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies. So the criticisms are misplaced. Ask any primary schools student and hewill tell you the biggest Muslim country is Indonesia.