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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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Circumcision are done on the first week after the boy is born. Chapters are devoted to the influence of Islam, sexual mores, Arab language and Arab art, Bedouin values, Arab nationalism, and the pervasive influence of Westernization.

To make such an assessment, it is necessary to review briefly the development of this genre of research. International Journal of Middle East Studies9. In his chapter, “The 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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Oct 09, Bella rated it liked it Recommends it for: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I recommend this book to anyone who shares that interest in cultural understanding and relationship building.

The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai

If you need a respected un-biased book on Muslims and of course Arab Mind, Check Graham Fuller’s “A World without Islam” it explains nearly everything on the subject and the best thing is that it was written by a man who studied Middle-East and Islam and worked for the CIA as an adviser, so he knows what he talks about. De Atkine Foreword by. The major objectives of social science research involving the topics of “national character” or “personality and culture” are: 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.


The book came to public attention inafter investigative journalist Seymour Hershwriting for The New Yorker revealed that the book was “the bible of the neocons on Arab behavior” to the effect that it was the source of the idea held by the US military officials responsible for the torture and abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib scandal that “Arabs are particularly vulnerable to sexual humiliation”.

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Jun 14, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: August 28, pstai, Hatherleigh Press. In cases where an imminent threat exists, immediately contact your local law enforcement agencies and provide them with the threat information.

The Arab Mind

But you have to read the book. Whether this is why Iraqi prisoners were forced to masturbate in front of cameras is unclear, but the only supporting evidence for Patai’s claim is a survey of Arab and US kind published in Solicitations to transfer large sums of money to your bank account: 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.

There is a lot wrong with The Arab Mind apart from its racism: Hersh was discussing the chain of command that led US troops to torture Iraqi prisoners. Quotes from The Arab Mind. 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.


Where does Patai’s book stand in the evolution of national character research to date? In these studies the authors used information derived from formal and informal interviews, personal observations, and a knowledge of the history, arts, and religion of the society.

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He talks about Al Fahlawi for instance, the typical Arab who is praised for his wit and cunningness in being such a con artist. I found it to be an enlightening book.

Purchased from my local library sale. Nowadays, Islam gets all the ink in the West, for obvious reasons. Integration of national character research into various aspects of intelligence activity in a productive way requires a systematic and sustained data collection program and an integrated multidisciplinary staff to analyze the data.

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Patai and Nydell also address improvidence, predestination, the tendency to substitute words for action, violence of words, control of temper, etc. This was particularly true of the Iraqi women with whom I worked in Baghdad from June to January History Created December 9, 5 revisions Download catalog record: He confirmed to me, that the adults had told us to shoot their children. Majd rated it liked zrab Sep 02,