You simply cannot celebrate anything about Black History without remembering the pioneering work done by the great Cheikh Anta Diop, the. Cheikh Anta Diop was a great Senegalese historian, anthropologist, philosopher, physicist and politician. He should be considered as one of. Cheikh Anta Diop, The African Origin of Civilization. Myth or Reality. Edited and Translated by Mercer Cook. Lawrence Hill and Co., New York.

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I am a much more conscious individual after having read this chelkh piece. I clarified The second reply from a knowledgeable person was that they had ‘Asian skin, almond eyes, long hair’ That is racist Egyptology at work. It is important to question and verify information received.

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The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality

Jan 25, A. Diop argued that there was a shared cultural continuity across African peoples that was more important than the varied development of different ethnic groups shown by differences among languages and cultures over time.

Mainstream Egyptologists such as F. He proved that archaeological and anthropological evidence supported his view Cheikh Anta Diop was an Afrocentric historian, anthropologist, physicist and politician who studied the human race’s origins and pre-colonial African culture. Diop definitely takes a permanent place in the small group of African historians aka history revisionists. Very insightful not an easy read. Who was a great man full of God and humility. Meanwhile, the Indo-Europeans struggling to survive on the hostile steppes developed the patriarchal family and aggressive, opportunistic lifeways, fivilization of respect for nature, which treated them harshly.

The author addresses the extent to which this history has been manipulated and whitewashed by western historians and archaeologists. He also spoke several African and European languages. The leading Egyptologists of the 19th century argued against the Negro origin of Egyptians, and their theories of a white Egyptian race won out regardless of the evidence.


Myth or Reality, Precolonial Black Africa. European scholars attempted to civilozation totemism among European peoples in an effort to support the position that the ancient Egyptians were ancient Whites.

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To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. In the book Diop goes into considerable detail about totemism.

Now I’m on the lookout for books and other art that presents ancient Egypt as Black. The Egyptians and Nahasi were different shades of reddish-brown.

Diop was originn in the study of African cultures, African Islamic history, Islamic history, the sciences and philosophy. As Leena Abiballa a Sudanese writer explains in this article Too Black to be Arab, too Arab to be Black “race is a Western fantasy maintained by a daily, violent socio-political choreography. Notify me of new comments via email. If you are new to Egyptology I would say this book holds up well and you will not find yourself embarrassed by discussing most of the content within it.

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The book is divided into 13 chapters, followed by a Conclusion and Notes. Cheikh Anta Diop in the laboratory. Diop debunks the usual nonsense saying that the Nubians were always painted one color afrixan the Egyptians were painted another. The Egyptians made no distinction of colour between themselves and the Nubians or other Black Africans. An Dikp Anthropology [ Civilisation ou Barbarie: A classic by any measure, this book is a pillar in the library of any serious minded African revolutionary or interested party.


Humanitarian declarations are not called for and add nothing to real progress.

The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality by Cheikh Anta Diop

Packed full of facts, from a range of sources, ancient, contemporary archeological, linguistical, the development of societies, and African culture. This book is, at dio;, a rather difficult read, as it contains quite a bit of technical and scientific proofs and arguments.

Any one really familiar with ancient Egyptian art would know this. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. West Africans, in their vision, were civilized by Arabs and Nubia by the Libyans.

His tone comes across as angry at times but his facts and analyses are impeccable. Diop was able to dissect every piece of the argument and really shows what the African origin really is. From the time he published his thesis inhe has consistently challenged western ideas on Africa and its relationship to Ancient Egypt.

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Here are the books I read from Pr. May we be able to continue their work. Jun 29, Harrison Murchison rated it really liked it Shelves: The Ancient Egyptians practiced circumcision and had matriarchy, which are scarce throughout European history.

Diop boldly states his p This highly technical and scholarly book is fast becoming a classic in the study of ancient African history. Books by Cheikh Anta Diop. Feb 22, Lynne rated it really liked it Shelves: