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Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology by Cheikh Anta Diop

Terry Jane rated it did not like it Aug 17, Yurco note that among peoples outside Egypt, the Nubians were closest ethnically to the Egyptians, shared the same culture in the predynastic period, and used the same civliisation political structure.

Baba Cheikh Anta Diop was indeed brilliant! Anyone in search of truth.

The current structure of the Egyptian population may be the result of further influence of neighbouring populations on this ancestral population []. Mark A Allen rated it it was amazing Dec 17, AfterDiop went back to Senegal and continued his research and political career. Keita of Badarian crania in predynastic upper Egypt found that the predynastic Badarian series clusters much closer with the tropical African series than European samples. BookOnline – Google Books.

He suggests that the peoples of the Nile Valley were one regionalized population, sharing a number of genetic and cultural traits.

Yaa-Lengi Meema Ngemi Translator. Keita and Rick A. This same modern scholarship however in turn challenges aspects of Diop’s work, particularly his notions of a worldwide black phenotype. Google Books in French. These methods it is held, downplay normal geographic variation and genetic diversity found in many human populations and have distorted a true picture of African peoples.

By Diop’s party working on the ideas enumerated in Black Africa: From 25 December to 1 Januarythe Library’s Reading Rooms will be closed and no collection requests will be filled. He examined various fields of artistic creation, with a discussion of African languages, which, he said, would be the sources of regeneration in African culture.


You can view this on the NLA website. Mayoljok rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Such tropical elements were thus in place from the earliest beginnings of Egyptian civilization, not isolated somewhere South behind the Saharan barrier.

Keita and Kittles argue that modern DNA analysis points to the need for more emphasis on barbarle variation and gradations that are more than adequate to explain differences between peoples rather than pre-conceived racial clusters.

As regards Egyptian religion for example, there appear to be more solid connections with the cultures of the Sudan and northeast Africa than Mesopotamia, according to mainstream research: Many academics reject the term blackhowever, or use it exclusively in the sense of a sub-Saharan type.

So those who call him an “Afrocentrist” have most likely never read his works in French nor Englis Dr.

Ngom added that the Bantu languages have more in common with Ancient Egyptian than do the Semitic ones. 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.

One approach that has bridged the gap between Diop and his critics is the non-racial bio-evolutionary approach. Jun 06, IDJ added it.

He was general secretary of the RDA students in Paris from to While acknowledging the common genetic inheritance of all humankind and common evolutionary threads, Diop identified a black phenotypestretching from India, to Australia to Africa, with physical similarities in terms of dark skin civilisattion a number of other characteristics.

They hold that such splitting is arbitrary insertion of data into pre-determined pigeonholes and the selective grouping of samples. 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.

Studies of some inhabitants of Gurna, a population with an ancient cultural history, in Upper Egypt, illustrate the point.


First, that all political prisoners be released, and, secondly, that discussions be opened on government ideas civilization programs, not on the distribution of government posts.

Diop’s work has posed important questions about the cultural bias inherent in scientific research. However, Diopian thought, as it is called, is paradigmatic to Afrocentricity. Charles Scribner’s Sons; Hassa, F. Diop was not talking about modern Egypt. The conclusion was that some of the oldest native populations in Egypt can trace part of their genetic ancestral heritage to East Africa.

The neutrality of this article is disputed. In protest at the refusal of the Senghor administration to release political prisoners, Diop remained largely absent from the political scene from to civilisxtion Diop focuses on Africa, not Greece.

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The Swiss archaeologist Charles Bonnet’s discoveries at the site of Kerma shed some light on the theories of Diop. For example, when Herodotus wished to argue that the Colchian people were related to the Egyptians, he said that the Colchians were “black, with curly hair” [38] Diop used statements by these writers to illustrate his theory that the ancient Egyptians had the same physical traits as modern black Africans skin colour, hair type. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Essays in Culture and Development, — It is also important to keep in mind that Dr.

Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology

Thus imperialism, like the prehistoric hunter, first killed the being spiritually and culturally, before trying to eliminate it physically. Well researched and scholarly. Charles Scribner’s Sons; Hassan, F. Egypt — Civilization — To B. Study African art and the cultures that produced it.