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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The Arab Mind

Book review by Lloyd F. Views Read Edit View history. Patai exhaustively demonstrates that Arabs themselves have always held that there is a common Arab approach to some things as any culture has mindd, for arah Occasionally the book shows its age, though generally its analysis is timeless. 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.

Indeed, Ruth Benedict’s classic study The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is an example of this multidisciplinary approach to national character research which evolved in the World War II period.

Published February 8th by Hatherleigh Press first published January 1st Oct 10, Carrie Leedy marked raab as to-read. I have always been impressed by their more progressive and enlightened thinking on the issues affecting Arab society.

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 pataj, especially with the fact that those view are presented by the author mostly with some supportive evidence.

Controversial and scathing in parts, this pataai should be read with caution and balanced by afab study. You might also like. The second group, largely military, for whom their lives depend on an accurate perception of reality, love this book.

According to one professor at a US military college, The Arab Mind is “probably the single most popular and widely read book on the Arabs in the US military”. We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate.

Further, the book implicitly suggests the relevance of national character research to intelligence analysis. In cases where an imminent threat exists, immediately contact your local law enforcement agencies and provide them with the threat paatai. If you receive a solicitation to transfer a large amount of money from an African nation to your bank account in exchange for a payment of millions of dollars, go to the US Secret Service Web site for information about the Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud or “” Fraud scheme.


Contact the Employment Verification Office. Another important point to make when reading and analyzing Patai is that he focuses relatively little on Islam. The later studies tended to be narrower in focus than their predecessors, in that they concentrated on the relationship of personality traits to subsets of a given society or a given category of roles of that society, rather than on the identification of relationships between personality and the social structure as a whole.

Want to know the differences in Culture between the West and the Middle East then this is a must read. All this adds up to an overwhelmingly negative picture of pati Arabs.

But then, Patai, as I say, was very aab about the Arab future, in a way that has not been borne out in the past three decades. I read it in small mund over several weeks, which made it a bit more palatable. Sunni Mijd or Shiite.

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Patai writing in was merely interested in objectivity; Nydell in propaganda. He backs up this claim with two quotations: If you have any dealings with anyone from the Middle East this is a must read book. To make such an assessment, it is necessary to review briefly the development of this genre of research.

A greater effort was also made to use more precise measurement techniques. More time to join the latest howling low-information Twitter mob! This book became a standard text for American foreign service employees after it came out in the s and is responsible for distorting America’s relationship with the Arab world.

I recommend this book to anyone who shares that interest in cultural understanding and relationship building. While Hamady and Patai reach many of the same conclusions about the Arabs, Patai’s analysis and explanation of the “why” of their behavior places his study on a considerably higher analytical plane than that of Hamady.

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The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai. Book review by Lloyd F. Jordan — Central Intelligence Agency

I have a lot more study to do! He stops, however, short of any attempt to establish the linkages referred to above.

He likes Arabs and Arab culture. It is, the book says, the Arabs who are lazy, sex-obsessed, and apt to turn violent over the slightest little thing.

To all accounts, the book was extremely useful to those officers. Although the Arab countries certainly have their distinctive characteristics, the idea that minr people, from Morocco to the Gulf, living in rural villages, urban metropolises and very rarely these patao desert tents, think with some sort of single, collective mind is utterly ridiculous.

Feb 14, Jinnie Lee rated it really liked it Recommends it for: As a work of sexual fantasy it might be a mediocre read, but nothing more. I bought this book when we moved overseas, but haven’t gotten around to reading it. Contact mond Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties. 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 Mothers don’t caress their sons’ penises, this is arag twisted and hideous idea i don’t know where he got it from.

‘Its best use is as a doorstop’

Go to the editions section to read or download ebooks. Despite the relatively primitive level of methodological and conceptual rigor that obtain in the national character research field, it has utility now and considerable potential for intelligence analysis in the future. Much work, of course, remains to be done to improve the scientific basis of national character research. 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.

A first source book to help each of us understand Arab Culture the is the complete opposite of Mins culture.