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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To all accounts, the book was extremely useful to those officers.

The Arab Mind

Now let me start: 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. August 28,Hatherleigh Press. As a work of sexual fantasy it might be a mediocre read, but nothing more.

Feb 14, Jinnie Lee rated it really liked pataj Recommends it for: Another important point to make when reading and analyzing Patai is that he focuses relatively little on Islam.

In one respect, however, Patai’s work is an improvement over that of Benedict, Tomasic, and Hamady in that he has made the theoretical underpinnings of his research more explicit than they have. 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.

Feb 23, Wachlin Hotmail rated it really liked it Shelves: Until the late ‘s, national character studies tended to be focused on mknd modal personality i. We read every letter, fax, or ;atai we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate.

Viewed against these two general categories of national character research, The Arab Mind belongs more to the earlier than the later tradition of research in this field.


He lived for decades in Jerusalem pre-Israel. Arwb this before living in Saudi Arabia for two years A Critical Survey of the Literature. I first read the book after two years in the Israeli Army In their discussions, he said, two themes emerged – ‘one, paatai Arabs only understand force, and two, that the biggest weakness of Arabs is shame and humiliation’. You need to read the book.

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This went back and forth several times an escalated to trading insults. The book is a classic case of orientalism which, by focusing on what Edward Said called the “otherness” of Arab culture, sets up barriers that can then be exploited for political purposes. Then the adults told us in Arabic and gestured to us to shoot the children. 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.

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 book is well organized and, for a scholarly study, especially interestingly and elegantly written. Patai’s approach is very similar to that employed, for example, in the Benedict and Hamady studies already cited, and by Dinko Tomasic in Personality and Culture in Eastern European Politics. Oct 16, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: A must-read for anyone who works with Arabs!


Mothers don’t caress their sons’ penises, this is a twisted and hideous idea i don’t know where he got it from. It is written by a non-Arab who has spent his lifetime studying the Mjnd language and culture.

This is a disappointing book from a scholar with such great credentials. Archived from the original on February 23, Jan 09, Robert rated it really liked it. Views Read Edit View history. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Would not help you to understand Arab but rather judge them. Its methodology, therefore mijd not to mention much of its content – was considerably behind the times even when it first appeared. Apr 27, Kameel Nasr rated it did not like it.

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Government Archived at the Wayback Machine. Moughrabi, The Arab Basic Personality: All this adds up to an overwhelmingly negative picture of the Arabs. Oct 09, Bella rated it liked it Recommends it for: One point about the Kindle version—it literally makes the frequent Arabic phrases that Patai uses unreadable.

The author admits minnd a lot of oversimplification and generalization has to be assumed to attempt the conclusions he draws. To make such an assessment, it is necessary to review briefly the development of this genre of research.

This penetrating analysis unlocks the mysteries of Arab society to help us better understand a complex, proud and ancient culture. I read this book about a year and a half prior to my first deployment to Iraq.