Lee Smith has an interesting piece at Slate about Raphael Patai's influential study, The Arab Mind, which has supposedly been a major influence on the Bush neocons. After explaining the larger context in which Patai was writing, Smith concludes:
Maybe it's time for a new generation of Arab thinkers and politicians to promote other ways of imagining the world. (For instance, Iraqi Arabs have at least as much in common with Iraqi Kurds as they do with foreign Arab fighters whose only interest in Iraq is to turn it into an American graveyard.)
Whole thing here.