The Arab Mind #2019

The Arab Mind Raphael Patai The Arab Mind ONE OF THE GREAT LANDMARKS OF CULTURAL STUDIESFirst published in revised in and now updated with new demographic information about the Arab world The Arab Mind takes readers on a journey

  • Title: The Arab Mind
  • Author: Raphael Patai
  • ISBN: 9781578262458
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Arab Mind Raphael Patai ONE OF THE GREAT LANDMARKS OF CULTURAL STUDIESFirst published in 1973, revised in 1983, and now updated with new demographic information about the Arab world, The Arab Mind takes readers on a journey through the societies and peoples of a complex and volatile region This sensitive study explores the historical origins of Arab nationalism, the distinctive rhetorical styleONE OF THE GREAT LANDMARKS OF CULTURAL STUDIESFirst published in 1973, revised in 1983, and now updated with new demographic information about the Arab world, The Arab Mind takes readers on a journey through the societies and peoples of a complex and volatile region This sensitive study explores the historical origins of Arab nationalism, the distinctive rhetorical style of Arabic speakers and its effect on politics, traditional attitudes toward child rearing practices, the status of women, the beauty of Arabic literature, and much RE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVERSince September 11, the book s lessons have been misconstrued by some but have proven indispensable to those trying to truly understand the roots of the major political conflicts of our time Patai s sympathetic but critical depiction of Arab culture explores the continuing role of the Bedouin values of honor and courage in modern Arab culture, inter Arab conflict and the aspiration toward unity, and how anti Western attitudes conflated with anti modernization have led to stagnation in much of the Arab world.DRAWS ON A LIFETIME OF EXPERTISEPatai, a prominent anthropologist and historian, drew on both his research and his personal experience to produce this indispensable work in the field of Middle Eastern studies With an updated foreword by Norvell B DeAtkine, former director of Middle East Studies at the JFK Special Warfare School, The Arab Mind remains a relevant and crucial masterpiece of scholarship for anyone seeking to understand this multifaceted culture today.
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    1. 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 shoul [...]

    2. For a detailed anthropological study of the Arab race, Raphael has indeed done a pretty thorough job He has demonstrated the Arab conscience, both internal and external in great detail with countless examples from the current history Questions like why Western colonists are hated so much 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 covered [...]

    3. 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 Arab [...]

    4. Read this before living in Saudi Arabia for two years 1983 1985 Was an invaluable preparation for the different thought processes I d find I found 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.I rated it three because it was not then a very readable text Hopefully accessibility has improved in later editions.No, I can t explain it in a few sentences You need to read the book.

    5. Looking at other reviews of The Arab Mind, it appears readers divide into two camps The first group, for whom ideology matters 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 The Arab Mind was once an obscure book by an obscure man Its rise to semi prominence began in 2004, when during the Iraq War the American military, desperately short of [...]

    6. Purchased from my local library sale I read 1 2 of this book but I m going to call it finished because I read the part that was really directed at laypersons, and do not feel a need to read the highly scholastic last half Also, I checked with a friend who is a former Christian converted to Islam and b a religious scholar professor, to make sure this book is considered credible and not too far to either end of the political spectrum and she concurred that it has an acceptible reputation SO, I fou [...]

    7. 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 might not really agree with all things brought in by the author in this book, however, I do accept them as being what he sees and believes , especially with the fact that those view are presented by the author mostly with some supportive evidence.This book has been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies This penetrating analysis [...]

    8. I read this book about a year and a half prior to my first deployment to Iraq I read it again prior to my second deployment, which had me embedded in an Iraqi unit This book is not the absolute last word on the subject, but it is a useful introduction to Arab psychology and culture.There are some bits that may be a bit overdone, but I will admit to experiencing things in Iraq that made me think, Oh, THAT S what Patai was talking about Perhaps I was just that ignorant, but this book inspired me t [...]

    9. It started somewhat interestingly with good historical and social contextual analysis of the Arabs At some point after about a third of the book it seems the writing just starting putting words next to each other without any sense about Arabs particularly images of mothers caressing their sons penises, or Arab men being circumcised in front of their brides, and a whole chapter on sexual hospitality where men would offer their wives to their guests As a work of sexual fantasy it might be a medioc [...]

    10. This book became a standard text for American foreign service employees after it came out in the 1970s and is responsible for distorting America s relationship with the Arab world In a word, the book is racist It globs together hundreds of millions of people in a series of cliches and distortions If the book was about any other ethnic group, African Americans, Roman Catholics, Latinos, there would be a thousand condemnations Gore Vidal said that America never got it right with its intervention i [...]

    11. This is a disappointing book from a scholar with such great credentials Arabs are presented ahistorically and from a meandering perspective that swings between psychology, sociology, cultural studies political science, depending upon which body of knowledge can be deployed to do the most damage In many cases, the author relies on folk aphorisms employs unfair, archetypal comparisons with the average Westerner or the average American So many fallacies Terrible stuff.

    12. This book is about Arab culture It is written by a non Arab who has spent his lifetime studying the Arabic language and culture The author has lived in the Middle East for extensive periods of time and has many Arab friends I found it to be an enlightening book He uses many historical examples to explain why Arabs are who they are and do what they do.

    13. I selected this book as research material for my next novel Wow What thorough insight into the Arab psyche I encourage all Americans to read this book It explains a lot of things that confused me about US Arab relations This book is not for entertainment, but it kept me engrossed.

    14. While at times it gets a bit academic, overall, this is an outstanding reference for those trying to gain a better understanding of Arab culture and society and the drivers and influences behind them I enjoyed this book a great deal and found its information absolutely fascinating.

    15. A very thorough guide to the cultural differences between the West and the Middle East As about as non biased as you will find and it cites a wealth of research.

    16. A first source book to help each of us understand Arab Culture the is the complete opposite of Western culture Personal relations in the Arab world Between Arabs I first read the book after two years in the Israeli Army 1973 Served in Gaza and Sinai The book explains why Arab adults asked me to shoot their children.On patrol in Jabalya, a small city in GazaWhile 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 throw [...]

    17. I consider this book to represent one academic s overview analysis of an entire people group that is difficult to define The author admits that a lot of oversimplification and generalization has to be assumed to attempt the conclusions he draws I read this book looking to better understand the culture of the Middle East, and it does provide a lot of background cultural information I assume that this book is already somewhat or very out of date, and I would absolutely have to defer to the people [...]

    18. If you have any dealings with anyone from the Middle East this is a must read book This book deals with all facets of Arab life and describes what makes an Arab tick The author looks at the Arabs and the World Islam and who are the Arabs The group aspect of the mind A section on Child rearing practices includes differential evaluation of boys and girls,early roots of the male female relationship, childhood rewards and adult achievement and other areas There are chapters on the language, personal [...]

    19. I bought this book when we moved overseas, but haven t gotten around to reading it It seems like of a textbook read than something low key I d read at the pool or beach My goal is to read it by the end of the year since I m not working

    20. Want to know the differences in Culture between the West and the Middle East then this is a must read.

    21. Very detailed, not an easy read I read it in small segments over several weeks, which made it a bit palatable Has great history, though.

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