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The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality Paperback – Jul 1 1989

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556520727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556520723
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
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The people who write bad reviews about this book are all 1: white rascists and 2: have never read this book or have an agenda that is something other than a fair critique. I am a black male who is not swayed easily by arguments just because they come from black people. I personally cannot stand to hear some idiot spouting off about nonsense about blacks being god or black space aliens or whatever. I have read some of the most idiotic books written by my people that make claims that have no basis in reality. This book however is nothing but the truth. Honestly before reading it I thought the claims of black egypt were laughable. Even after reading it I decided I had to do my own research. What I found was this: in southern Egypt today there are still people(not Nubians ) who would be considered black by the modern definition of the term. Archaeologist have found evidence that Nubian pharaohs pre date the first egyptian dynasty by at least 300 yrs for proof go here: [...] do a google search for the lost pharoahs of nubia) I have found that The semetic language belongs to an afroasiatic parent language that was spread by black people as they migrated north. I have read in the writings of Aristotle and Herodotus the physical description of the ancient Egyptians as "black skinned and wooly haired". I have seen a recreation of king tut's face done by European phorensic scientists: [...] I have seen on the front page of a national newspaper the recreation of nefertiti's face(do a google search).Read more ›
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This was a striking and influential book when it first appeared nearly half a century ago, but it is definitely showing its age nowadays. I was given the book as a present by a Senegalese student in one of my classes, who is a relative of Diop's. I had previously read and admired Diop's Pre-Colonial Black Africa. But I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed with The African Origins of Civilization.
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.
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"Snowden approached...all of the writings of the 'classical writers' of Greece and Rome for the actual references made to Africa and Africans...Ethiopians were the yardstick by which blackness was measured...European family crests showing black faces and coarse hair are accompanied frequently by such African derivatives as Mawr, Moore, Moorehead, Morris, Morrison, Mora, Maurice, Mareau, Moretti, Muir, Mohr, meaning a person from Mauritania [the Moors]. Sometimes the label is more indirect with names such as Schwartz, Schwartzkopf, and Schwartzmann, which are German for Black, Blackhead and Blackman...
"...the physical evidence for a [Black African] presence in Greece and Rome is compelling and extensive...including photographs of carvings, pottery, paintings and 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."
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"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...
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