Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology

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Translated by Yaa-Lengi Meema Ngemi Represents the late Senegalese scholar's final contribution to rethinking African and world history from an Afrocentric perspective.
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Translated by Yaa-Lengi Meema Ngemi Represents the late Senegalese scholar's final contribution to rethinking African and world history from an Afrocentric perspective.
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Library Journal
This last work of the well-known Senegalese scholar (1923-86) is a summation and expansion of his two previous volumes-- Precolonial Black Africa (1987) and The African Origin of Civilization (1974)--and offers a refined statement of his life's work, to prove the primacy of African culture by proving that ancient Egypt was a black society, first in many cultural achievements later claimed by the following Indo-Aryan cultures. To this end, Diop discusses the paleontology, sociology, anthropology, and intellectual history of the ancient Egyptians set against contemporaneous cultures and also the modern Wolofs. This is a fascinating and frustrating volume. The organization is patchy; one central section seems to have gone off-course into an apology for Marxist political theory; the translation stumbles badly, especially in the early chapters; and one feels that history is being stretched (a la Velikovsky) on the author's Procrustean bed of African genesis. But Diop's erudition is patent, his place in African letters is secure, and his major works should certainly be available. For academic and large public collections.--Jo-Ann D. Suleiman, SANAD Support Technologies, Rockville, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882082301
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1988

Meet the Author

Cheikh Anta Diop is the author of The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality and Precolonial Black Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2000

    A masterpiece

    After reading this book it leave no doubt who the orginal egyptains were before thier country was invaded. It also answer the question where the Greek went to school and learned philosphy. There will be a lots of negative feedback regarding this wonderful book, it is time for people to start being honsest and accept the truth, which is clearly stated in this book. It is unfortunate that the great professor is not present to defend himself. This book is for those of us who are open minded and are willing to accept the truth about history. I would give this book 10 stars. Professor Diop did an excellent job using graphs and symbols to enchance this wondeerful book.

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