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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: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edited and translated by Mercer Cook.Laymen and scholars alike will welcome the publication of this one-volume translation of the major sections of C. A. Diop's two books, Nations negres et culture and Anteriorite des civilizations negres, which have profoundly influenced thinking about Africa around the world. It was largely because of these works that, at the World Festival of the Arts held in Dakar in 1966, Dr. Diop shared with the late W. E. B. DuBois an award as the writer who had exerted the greatest influence on Negro thought in the 20th century.

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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 only through research that the truth can be revealed. There has never been a positive book about African history until African history is written by it's own...the African...Thank you Diop for daring to do what no man has ever done before. From the very onset of written history, the black has always been depicted as a simpleton, someone incapable of thinking for himself, someone dependent on 'massa' for dear life. Cheikh Anta Diop not only dispels these lies, he also brought to light the truth about black history...the glorious history of our ancestors from time unknown. Reading the book is so uplifting and so educating that one has to read it to experience our history. It is only normal to receive criticism on this wonderful piece. It is with great difficulty and pain that 'they' have to respond to save face. Even though Dr Cheikh Anta Diop is no more with us, his writings will do the talking. To all people of African decent, please read this book and find out what you have never been taught in school. To all the negative critics that hate to see anything positive about black people I'd say...EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT!!.
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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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I want to make only ONE POINT afrocentric extremist will argue that the Egyptians where black on the other side Nazi right wingers will argue that the Egyptians are European.Here are the facts pertaining to the book in 1974 Dr.Diop argued his theory for a black Egypt at the UNESCO international conference in Cairo the leading Egyptologist were there,so what happened? on certain topics they agreed with Diop on others they did not.ONE THING THEY ALL AGREED ON IS THAT THE EGYPTIAN CIVILIZATION WAS NOT EUROPEAN THE CIVILIZATION DID NOT COME FROM OUTSIDE BUT IS 100% AFRICAN let me state this whites did come to egypt later they came in with the Greek and Roman invaders the pyramids and the sphinx as well as the foundations for math, masonry, and medicine were already established. I must state that UNESCO also did not believe the Egyptians should be called Negro in their opinion the Nubians(Negroes) came in like the Greeks and Romans as invaders.The book is important because it did change how Egyptology is taught in college no longer is Egypt taught as being a product of Europe most professors at Yale,Harvard,and Stanford will tell you Egypt is a part of African culture, their language,ideas of religion,matriarchy,is all African.As far as the anthropological view their skeletons have more in common with the people of Northern Sudan,Somalia,Ethiopia than they do with Europeans or West Africans.The only way you can make the Egyptians White is if you say Somalians and Ethiopians are also White and that sounds ridiculous.I would love to see an Ethiopian or Ancient Egyptian at a Klan rally that would be unheard of.Read more ›
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I truly suspect that the people who have given poor reviews and negative comments of this book have not read it at all or at least have not read it thoroughly. Much of their criticisms and arguments are answered in the book. The evidence is overwhelming that the original Egyptians were of Negro stock. Let me answer some of the accusations. The Copts of Egypt today are not pure descendants of the original Egyptians but, rather, they are of mixed heritage. Original Egyptian language was not Semitic but Hamitic. The Bible itself teaches that the original Egyptians were descendants of Ham and the Bible frequently refers to Egypt in the Old Testament as the Land of Ham. There is much more to say on this subject. I hope readers will look up and fully read my article "The Myth of Ham's Curse" at my website [...] where I defend Anta Diop's premise and thesis that original Egyptian civilization was, indeed, Black. Diop's premise is true and well supported by objective data and evidence.
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