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The Arab Mind revisited

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Submitted by Ugri (Finland), Feb 17, 2010 at 02:49

Old memories, almost washed-out, come to mind. This Arab mentality issue has been under discussion before. After some digging (key words 'Patai The Arab Mind'), this emerged.
Excerpts, comment dated Jul 24, 2008 at 03:16
(quotes from Rafael Patai's "The Arab Mind")

"The Arab can obtain authority only by making use of some religious coloring…because of their savagery, the Arabs are least willing of nations to subordinate themselves to each other, as they are rude, proud, ambitious and eager to be the leader."

"Conflict proneness 'is in the Arab bloodstream'. (Pg 218) According to Wilfred Cantwell Smith Arab and Egyptian societies have deteriorated to a point where violence is almost inevitable. This is to be understood in terms of a people who have lost their way, whose heritage has proven unequal to modernity, whose leaders have been dishonest, whose ideals have failed."
What one inevitably remembers in this connection is of course the story of Hagar and Ishmael, Genesis 16:11,12.
Very little has changed.

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