The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality Paperback – Jul 1 1989
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Diop is a scientist, not an historian, although he writes beautifully and makes a compelling narrative. But perhaps because he lacks a formal historical training, he seems to have no sense of objectivity. The most crucial commandment for an historian is to begin only with questions, to do research, and to be willing to accept any conclusions that the research reveals. (As a scientist, surely Diop should recognize that as the scientific method.) But he openly declares that he wants his books to serve as revolutionary polemical texts for a pan-African movement (remember, he's writing in the early 1950s, before Uhuru), and he even invites other historians, "to confirm the various ideas that I have advanced." That is not what historians do: we are not supposed to propose a theory, claim it as fact, and then demand that others do the hard work of proving it for us.
Few serious historians would object to Diop's basic assertion that the ancient Egyptians were dark-skinned people of African origin. Most people still agree with the Leakian thesis that all human life began in Africa, and that we are thus all "Africans," originally (although some archaeologists are now proposing an Asian origin.Read more ›
"...the physical evidence for a [Black African] presence in Greece and Rome is compelling and extensive...including photographs of carvings, pottery, paintings and coins...it is only because the racism of the present is projected by today's authors into an ancient world that did not know racism as we do, that we have become so misinformed about Africans, and therefore misinformed about history."
from AFRICAN PRESENCE IN EARLY EUROPE
"Blacks in Antiquity: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience"
A review by Asa G. Hilliard
"A SCIENTIFIC revolution, according to Kuhn [the scientist/linguist author of THE THEORY OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS], is not simply an addition to pre-existing knowledge. It is, within any field, 'a reconstruction of the field from new fundamentals'; a complete demolition of an old theoretical and conceptual structure and its replacement by a new one based on entirely different aims and premises. The old paradigm...attacked from the outside...cannot be defeated on the basis of its own rules for, as we have seen...Read more ›
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An amazing book with great insights from Dr. Cheikh A. Diop!!!Published 8 months ago by Don Mugisha
This wonderful book was written more than a half-century ago. The evidence given is overwhelming. I can see that early Egyptian culture was dominated by Africans, orginally from... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J.O. Quantaman
Product was just as described and arrived a lot sooner then I expected. I would order again.Published on Nov. 5 2010 by kifo
The book is O.K. The subject matter is interesting and the knowledge presented is needed. However this book failed to hold my interest. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2009 by reading is breathing
I read this book as required reading for an African studies course that I took in college. I found it to be incredibly eye opening as did many of my fellow students, many of whom... Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Edward N. Britto Jr.
All one has to do is to read this great piece of literary work to see what Diop is talking about. For thousands of years we have been cheated and lied to about our history, it is... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Nabiha safriwe
This book has obviously angered (a few) people, so much so that they have gone above and beyond the call of duty as reviewers to invent several screen names and post their... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004
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