Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology

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Challenging societal beliefs, this volume rethinks African and world history from an Afrocentric perspective.

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Overview

Challenging societal beliefs, this volume rethinks African and world history from an Afrocentric perspective.

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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: 9781556520488
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 232,782
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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 December 25, 2012

    True History

    I read this book 17yrs ago and was so amazed at our ignorances of our own history. It needs to be read by all of us. Civilization started with us the people of Africa. Mr Diop speaks the truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    Nothing but the truth

    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 prevails. There has never been a positive book about African history untill 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 thought 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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