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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Lawrence Hill Books, Diop argues for the need bjographie build a capable continental army, able to defend the continent and its people and proposes a plan for the development of Africa’s raw materials and industrialization.

For example, ancient Egyptian matches with Indians and Europeans are generic in nature due to the broad categories used for matching purposes with these populations and are not due to gene flow. This research has examined the ancient Badarian group, finding not only cultural and material linkages with those further south but physical correlations as well, including a southern modal cranial metric phentoype indicative of the Tropical African in the well-known Badarian biogtaphie.

A number of individuals such as US college professor Leonard Jeffries [98] have anra a more chauvinist view, citing Diop’s work.

The special edition of the journal was on the occasion of the centenary of the abolition of slavery in the French colonies and aimed to present an overview of issues in contemporary African culture and society. I attach no more importance to these questions than they actually deserve in modern twentieth-century societies.

These connections appear not only in linguistics, see Languages demonstrating section below but in cultural areas such as religion. Diop took an innovative approach in his linguistic researches published inoutlining his hypothesis of the unity of indigenous African languages beginning with the Ancient Egyptian language. Transaction Books,pp. He proposed that a single African language be used across the continent for official, educational, and cultural purposes.


Importantly it included not only francophone Africans, but English-speaking ones as well. Egyptologie et Civilisations Africaines”.

Diop’s fundamental criticism of scholarship on the African peoples was that classification schemes pigeonholed them into categories defined as narrowly as possible, while expanding definitions of Caucasoid groupings as broadly as possible. AfterDiop went back to Senegal and cheimh his research and political career.

The same method was applied by four of Diop’s collaborators to Mbosi[74] Duala[75] Basa[76] Fula [77] [78] and a few other languages. Myth or Realitypp. He did not publish his work in subject-specific journals with an independent editorial board giographie practiced the system of peer review. Diop said that he “acquired proficiency in such diverse disciplines as rationalism, dialectics, modern scientific techniques, prehistoric archeology and so anga.

Mainstream Egyptologists such as F. This black, even if on the level of his cells he is closer to a Swede than Peter Botha, when he is in South Africa he will still live in Soweto. For instance, Diop suggested that the uses of terminology like “Mediterranean” or “Middle Eastern”, or statistically classifying all who did not meet the “true” Black stereotype as some other race, were all attempts to use race to differentiate among African peoples.

Mixed-race theories have also been challenged by contemporary scholars in relation to African anat diversity. He initially enrolled to study higher mathematics, but then enrolled qnta study philosophy in the Faculty of Arts of the Sorbonne. Armelagos, “Apportionment of Racial Diversity: Arbitrarily classifying Maasai, Ethiopians, Shillouk, Nubians, etc. Such tropical elements were thus in place from the earliest beginnings of Egyptian civilization, not isolated somewhere South behind the Saharan barrier.

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

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. At the same time, the statistical net is cast much more narrowly in the case of ‘blacks’, carefully defining them as an extreme type south of the Sahara and excluding related populations like Somalians, Nubians and Ethiopians, [43] as well as the ancient Badarians, a key indigenous group.


It is these relationships which have played a role in history. Before Diop, the general view, following Charles Seligman [56] on the influence of Egypt on Black Africa was that elements of Egyptian religious thought, customs and technology diffused along four trade routes: 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.

The party, though not officially recognized, continued strong political activity along the same lines as the BMS.

Diop argued above all that European archaeologists biograpphie and after the decolonization had understated and continued to understate the extent and possibility of Black civilizations.

Quotes by Cheikh Anta Diop. Loring Brace et al.

Cheikh Anta Diop

He alleged his critics were cgeikh the narrowest possible definition of “Blacks” in order to differentiate various African groups such as Nubians into a European or Caucasoid racial zone.

Diop held that despite the Sahara, the genetic, physical and cultural elements of indigenous African peoples were both in place and always flowed in and out of Egypt, noting transmission routes via Nubia and the Sudan, and the earlier fertility of the Sahara. Instead he views the Greeks as forming part of a “northern cradle”, distinctively growing out of certain climatic and cultural conditions. Cheikh Anta Diop .