The research conducted in humanistic paleontology, particularly by the late Dr. Two ramifications that have not been sufficiently emphasized until now have come to light as a result of this research:. Humankind born around the Great Lakes region, almost on the Equator, is necessarily pigmented and Black; the Gloger Law calls for warm-blooded animals to be pigmented in a hot and humid climate. All the other races derive from the Black race by a more or less direct filiation, and the other continents were populated from Africa at the Homo erectus and Homo sapiens stages, , years ago.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Yaa-Lengi Meema Ngemi Translator. Harold J. Salemson Editor. Marjolijn De Jager Editor. Challenging societal beliefs, this volume rethinks African and world history from an Afrocentric perspective.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 26, Banole rated it it was amazing. It must be remembered that Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop never said he was an "Afrocentist". Afrocentrism is more properly associated with Dr. Molefi Asante of Temple University. Asante popularized the term "Afrocentrism". As far as I know Dr. Diop never used the term in any of his works or his lectures.
So those who call him an "Afrocentrist" have most likely never read his works in French nor Englis Dr. So those who call him an "Afrocentrist" have most likely never read his works in French nor English.
Diop's protege Dr. Theophile Obenga has never used the term to describe Dr. Diop or his work. In fact in one lecture Dr. Obenga referred to using "Afrocentrism" as a "perspective". It is also important to keep in mind that Dr. Diop was not talking about modern Egypt.
Modern Egyptians had nothing to do with ancient Egypt and the cultures and civilizations of the Pharaohs. The modern Muslim Egyptian populations are very largely the results of numerous invasions and numerous Arab, Greek, Persian, Turkish and other settler populations who arrived en mass well after the collapse of ancient Kmt The Black Land or Egypt.
This fact bears repeating again and again. Diop assumed his readers would have strong backgrounds in African ancient Nile Valley history, Aegean history, linguistics, Classical European writers, archaeology, ethnology , anthropology and so on.
People who have never seriously studied the cultures and civilizations of Africa will find this book hard to understand, especially if one is unfamiliar with the great river valley cultures of Africa or the large group of peoples who make up "la communaute' poularophone", an extremely large group of African peoples who speak Peul, Serer, Wolof or any of the many related languages and share related cultures.
Furthermore, if you can not read the ancient Egyptian language or have not studied linguistics, there is no way you can fully understand or fully appreciate the the genetic linguistic relationships that exist between ancient Egyptian and modern day black African languages.
So pages and all other linguistic information may appear meaningless or hard to follow. People who know nothing about the centuries old migration routes across the African continent can not be expected to fully understand this book.
The Euro-centic version of Egyptology has always attempted to separate "Ancient Egypt" from the rest of Africa. The aim was to fabricate a history of ancient Egypt that placed the origins of ancient Egyptian culture in the "East", the Orient" or somewhere in Mesopotamia. Egypt was a part of Oriental culture, even a part of the European Spirit. Many people are still influenced by this falsification of human history, and far too many still cling to it for emotional,nationalistic or ideological reasons.
Many times Diop is attacked by those who have been taught the standard Euro-centric view of the world, especially the history of "Ancient Egypt. The fact that the language is a typical black African language causes some to retreat into silence or rage. Others attempt to hide their lack of understanding by ad hominem attacks, ridicule ,slander and name-calling. But none answer his scholarship with equal scholarship!! The book is difficult in the English translation and in the original French.
This book is no easy read. Study African art and the cultures that produced it. Study the place of cattle in many African societies. Study the religions and social customs of Black Africa. Learn about African totemism and Egyptian totemism.
Study an African language. Give yourself several years to gain a better understanding of this masterful piece of scholarship! This is a book that takes a lot of time and study to fully understand Its well worth the tremendous effort.
Jun 06, IDJ added it. Sep 14, Joseph Thompson rated it it was amazing. The definitive text in African history that you are not taught in schools. This effectively destroys the myths about African people never being civilized and covers every African civilization from the Nile Valley to Medieval West Africa and beyond.
A must read for everyone in the diaspora and even those not. It will change your perspective on history and make you realize you have to go out and seek the truth for yourself. Excellent work, Dr. You are one of the respected elders now. Nov 04, Khemauset Ankh rated it it was amazing. Full of information. Scientic proof of melanated mummies from Khemet Egypt.
Very scientific. Best read in a group. Dense, dense, dense. Baba Cheikh Anta Diop was indeed brilliant! Sep 26, Zacc rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone in search of truth. View 1 comment. Sep 17, Onyango Makagutu rated it it was amazing. It's a good easy to read and understand book.
Well researched and scholarly. Recommended reading for history and anthropology students. Nov 02, samuel johnson rated it really liked it. I really liked like book. The amount of research that went into this is amazing.
Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology
Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology / Edition 1