Since its original publication in 1983, the revised edition of
Raphael Patai's The Arab Mind has been recognized as one of the
seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies. This
penetrating analysis unlocks the mysteries of Arab society to help
us better understand a complex, proud and ancient culture.
The Arab Mind discusses the upbringing of a typical Arab boy or
girl, the intense concern with honor and courage, the Arabs'
tendency toward extremes of behavior, and their ambivalent
attitudes toward the West. Chapters are devoted to the influence of
Islam, sexual mores, Arab language and Arab art, Bedouin values,
Arab nationalism, and the pervasive influence of
With a new foreword by Norvell B. DeAtkine, Director of Middle
East Studies at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Fort
Bragg, N.C., this book unravels the complexities of Arab traditions
and provides authentic revelations of Arab mind and character.
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