The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai Pg Much has been written on the subject of honor (sharaf) among the Arabs. What has not been emphasized, at lea. Raphael Patai’s The Arab Mind is a “field tested” book—and I mean . Raphael Patai wrote optimistically about the future of the Arab world. The book in question is called The Arab Mind, and is by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist who taught at several US universities.
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You would probably imagine them to be the musings of some 19th century colonialist. The second group, largely military, for whom their lives depend on an accurate perception of reality, love this book.
The book advocates a tribal-group-survival explanation for the driving factors behind Arab culture. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Instead, it takes some of the hoariest old prejudices about black people and applies them to Arabs.
It started somewhat interestingly with good historical and social contextual analysis of the Arabs. Patao links the Arab character to the Bedouin tradition e.
kind 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 covered by numerous examples from arabic literature.
Learned some specifics about how males are favored over females from birth much higher levels of attnetion, responseness, and touch and the ways it impacts their development and societal treatment.
The classic study of Arab culture and society. Ignoring reality is the luxury of an opulent society. However, the minx also came in for a great deal of criticism, led by agitprop artist Seymour Hersh, because it is not politically correct.
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He backs up this claim with two quotations: The book is minnd classic case of orientalism which, by focusing on what Edward Said called the “otherness” of Arab culture, sets up barriers pahai can then be exploited for political purposes.
In some ways, the book’s appeal to the military is easy to understand, because it gives a superficially coherent view of the Arab enemy and their supposed personality defects. History Created December 9, 5 revisions Download catalog record: Published February 8th by Hatherleigh Press first published January 1st Apr 29, Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing Shelves: To all accounts, the book was extremely useful to those officers.
Although the Arab countries certainly have their distinctive characteristics, the idea that million people, from Morocco to the Gulf, living in rural villages, urban metropolises and patsi rarely these days desert tents, think with some sort of single, collective mind is utterly ridiculous. Controversial and scathing in parts, this book should be read with caution and balanced by other study.
I read this book minnd to better understand the culture of the Middle East, and it does provide a lot of background cultural information. Last week, my own further enquiries about the book revealed something even more alarming. Find a Physical Copy via WorldCat. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Refresh and try again.
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Government Archived at the Wayback Machine. May 23, Janna rated it it was amazing. The Arabic language’s lack of what we consider logical past-present-future references is mindd to underline the Arab’s failure to have a rigorous time sense about history and everyday life. There are chapters on the language, personality, Bedouin values and the Bedouin ethos and modern society, sexual relations, emotions and reality, art, music and literature, unity and conflict, conflict resolution, Arab stagnation, and the psychology of westernization.
The State Department, too, used to take an interest in the book, although it seemingly no longer does. Paperback in English – Revised edition.
The Arab Mind by Raphael Patai
You can now mond Open Library books on your website! Edited by Leslie B Ruby. They saw what the children were doing and began to yell at them, the children yell back. I must admit that, despite having spent some years studying Arabic language and culture, I had not heard of this alleged masterpiece until last week, when the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh mentioned it in an article for New Yorker magazine.
The archetypal Arab character he constructs goes beyond the stereotypes, without contradicting them. I have always been impressed by their more progressive and enlightened thinking on the issues affecting Arab society. De Atkine Foreword by. I would highly recommend this valuable book to any one interested in the Arabic race.
Patai further speculates that the Arabs hate Westerners more than the Turks, despite the length and cruelty of the latter’s rule over them, partly for religious reasons but also because Westerners, unlike the Turks, used to be their inferiors. The book raphzel described by The Guardian correspondent Brian Whitaker as one that presents “an overwhelmingly negative picture of the Arabs.
Want to Read saving…. I have a lot more study to do!