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To: TigerLikesRooster
"Therefore, Arabs are not a race. They are merely a concept"

Several months ago I read a fascinating and excellent book, "The Arab Mind," (Raphael Patai, published ca. 1972). Patai points this out early: the Arabs are not a race but a culture, a culture that binds them together in concentric rings of loyalty ("I against my brothers; I and my brothers against my cousins; I and my cousins against the world"), with the outermost division between the Dar-es-Salaam ("House of Peace" or Islam) and the Dar-es-Harb ("House of War", or the rest of the world?).

A very short tour of some of the topics of the book is online at: http://www.hope-of-israel.org/amind.html.

24 posted on 07/11/2003 8:42:18 AM PDT by Eala (Freedom for Iran -- http://eala.freeservers.com/iranrally)
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To: Eala
Re #24

That means that Islam solidifies the mentality of nomadic tribes.

25 posted on 07/11/2003 8:44:54 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: Eala
Patai is a genius..or was. I first learned of him when I read his obit. I ordered everyone of his books and read them with pleasure.I agree wholeheartedly, his book on the Arab mind is excellent.
26 posted on 07/11/2003 8:53:30 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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