Cheikh Anta Diop was an Afrocentric historian, anthropologist, physicist and politician who studied the human race’s origins and pre-colonial African cul. Cheikh Anta Diop, a modern champion of African identity, was born in Diourbel, Senegal on December 29, Cheikh Anta Diop was born at the end of in Diourbel, Senegal, a city reknowned for spawning great Islamic philosophers and historians. He received his.

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Diop’s concept was of a fundamentally Black population that incorporated new elements over time, rather than mixed-race populations crossing arbitrarily assigned racial zones. Quotes by Cheikh Anta Diop. Diop’s own Wolof studies were examined by Russell Schuh, a specialist in the Chadic languages, who found little resemblance or connection between many of the Wolof etymologies cited by Diop and Egyptian, of the type that are found when comparing Wolof to a known related language like Fula.

Yurco, “Were the ancient Egyptians black or white? The party was shortly thereafter banned for opposing Senghor’s efforts to consolidate power in his own hands. His cultural theory attempted to show that Egypt was part of the African environment as opposed to incorporating it into Mediterranean or Middle Eastern venues.

Diop Rebirth by Ade Olufekoshowcased at Harvard in [1]. Diop also acknowledged that the ancient Egyptians absorbed “foreign” genes at various times in their history the Hyksos for example but held that this admixture did not change their essential ethnicity. He proposed that African culture should be rebuilt on the basis of ancient Egypt, in the same way that European culture was built upon the legacies of ancient Greece and Rome.

They contend the test is inappropriate to apply to ancient Egyptian mummies, due to the effects of embalming and deterioration over time.

Essays in Culture and Development, — Diop believed that the political struggle for African independence would not succeed without acknowledging the civilizing role of the African, dating from djop Egypt. However, Diopian thought, as it is called, dipp paradigmatic bioyraphie Afrocentricity.

I attach no more importance to these questions than they actually deserve in modern twentieth-century societies. A Review” Archived at the Wayback Machine. Diop considered that it was politically important to demonstrate the cultural and linguistic unity of Africa, and to base this unity on the Egyptian past.

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Diop’s early condemnation of European bias in his work Nations Negres et Culture, [39] and in Evolution of the Negro World [40] has been supported by some later scholarship.

The linguistic research of Diop and his school have been criticised by Henry Tourneax, a linguist specialising in the Fula language. In it he argues that only a united and federated African state will be able to overcome underdevelopment. Diop’s presentation of his concepts at the Cairo UNESCO symposium on “The peopling of ancient Egypt and the deciphering of the Meroitic script”, inargued that there were inconsistencies and contradictions in the way African data was handled.

Want to Read saving… Error rating book. He said that their cultural, genetic and material links could not be defined away or separated into a regrouped set of racial clusters. Diop’s view that the scholarship of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century was based on a racist view of Africans was regarded as controversial when he wrote in the s through to the early s, the field of African scholarship still being influenced by Carleton S. Arbitrarily classifying Maasai, Ethiopians, Shillouk, Nubians, etc.

Diop also appeared to express doubts about the concept of race. Discover new books on Goodreads. The new Egyptological ideologyborn at the opportune monment, reinforced the theorectical bases of imperialist ideology.

Certainly there was some foreign admixture [in Egypt], but basically a homogeneous African population had lived in the Nile Valley from ancient to modern times As regards living peoples, the pattern of complexity repeats itself, calling into question the merging and splitting methods of Jensen, et al.

Keita of Badarian crania in predynastic upper Egypt found that the predynastic Badarian series clusters much closer with the tropical African series than European samples.

Cheikh Anta Diop (Author of The African Origin of Civilization)

Armelagos, “Apportionment of Racial Diversity: The current structure of the Egyptian population may be the result of further influence of neighbouring populations on this ancestral population []. The same method was applied by four of Diop’s collaborators to Chekih[74] Duala[75] Basa[76] Fula [77] [78] and a few other languages. Some scholars draw heavily from Diop’s groundbreaking work, [4] while others in the Western academic world do not accept his theories.


It could seem to tempting to delude the masses engaged in a struggle for national independence by taking liberties with scientific truth, by unveiling a mythical, embellished past. Defenders maintain that Diop’s critics routinely misrepresent his views, typically defining negroes as a ‘true’ type south of the Sahara to cast doubt on his work, [94] It has been claimed that questions such as “were the ancient Egyptians black?

Cheikh Anta Diop

Diop attempted to demonstrate that the African peoples shared certain commonalities, including language roots and other cultural elements like regicide, circumcision, totems, etc. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. Instead he claims Egypt as an influential part of a “southern cradle” of civilization, an indigenous development based on the Nile Valley.

He declared that the peoples of the region were all Africans, and decried the “bizarre and dangerous myths” of previously biased scholarship, “marred xnta a confusion of race, language, and culture and by an accompanying racism. He proposed that a single African language be used across the continent for official, educational, and cultural purposes. He gained his first degree licence in philosophy inthen enrolled in the Faculty of Sciences, receiving diiop diplomas in chemistry in He had said, “In practice it is possible to determine directly dkop skin biographis and, hence, the ethnic affiliations of the ancient Egyptians by microscopic analysis in the laboratory; I doubt if the sagacity of the researchers who have studied the question has overlooked the possibility.

Diop contributed an article to the journal: Diop’s arguments to place Egypt in the cultural and genetic context of Africa met a wide range of condemnation and rejection. FaganAfrica in the Iron Age: On ne doit pas y attacher une importance obsessionnelle. In a study, 58 native inhabitants from upper Egypt were sampled for mtDNA.