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[b]The African Origin of Civilization

Myth or Reality[/b]

by Cheikh Anta Diop

edited and translated by Mercer Cook

[i]" The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until African historians dare to connect it with the history of Egypt." C. A. Diop[/i]


[b]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 cultuire 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.

The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality, edited and translated by Mercer Cook and prepared with the author's cooperation, presents Dr. Diop's main thesis-that historical, archeological and anthropological evidence supports the theory that the civilization of ancient Egypt, the first that history records, was actually Negroid in origin. As Immanuel Wallerstein writes in his book, Africa: The Politics of Independence: "...This bold hypothesis, which is not presented without supporting data, has the interesting effect of inverting Western cultural assumptions. For, Diop argues, if the ancient Egytptians were Negroes, then European civilization is but a derivation of African achievement ...:

One of the book's most interesting features is Diop's polemical and embattled rejoinder to the scholars who have attempted to "whiten" ancient Egypt. He contends that most Africanists, because of their white European background, have found it extremely difficult to accept evidence of the priority of black civilization, and this attitude has affected their research methods and the whole field of African studies in the West.

The present volume contains over fifty illustrations, many of them newly selected for this book, which further document Dr. Diop's theories. Only those selections from the originial works that seem tangential to the central theme or too technical and diffcult for the non-professional reader have been omitted. Dr. Diop has written a new preface and conclusion for this edition, which also includes a preface by Mercer Cook, an index, bibliography, biographical notes on the authors and authorities cited, and a glossary of archeological terms used in the book.[/b]


CHEIKH ANTA DIOP was born in Senegal in 1923. He received his master of arts degree and his doctorate from the University of Paris. Historian, physicist and philosopher, C. A. Diop has studied under such figures as Andre Aymard, Gaston Bachelard, F. Joliot-Curie and Andre Leroi-Gourban, among others. Since 1961, he has been associated with I.F.A.N. (Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire) at the University of Dakar, where he is director of the radiocarbon laboratory.
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