Cheikh Anta Diop was considered to be one of the greatest scholars to emerge in the African .. ican colleagues. His last major work, Civilisation ou Barbarie, is. INTERVIEW WITH CHEIKH ANTA DIOP CSF: In Civilisation ou Barbarie you touched upon many areas that deal with the influence of Egypt on world. Civilisation ou barbarie by Cheikh Anta Diop, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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On a bigger scale, the debate reflects the growing movement to minimize race as a biological construct in analyzing the origins of human populations. However such conceptions are inconsistently applied when it comes to African peoples, where typically, a “true negro” is identified and defined as narrowly as possible, but no similar attempt is made to define a “true white”. He acknowledged the existence of “mixed” peoples over the course of African history, writing that Egyptians and Jews were the product of crossbreeding.

Byron Price rated it it was amazing Apr 02, The reviewers found that some researchers seemed to have shifted their categories and methods to maintain this “special case” outlook.

Cheikh Anta Diop

He did not believe that such a population needed to be arbitrarily split into tribal or racial clusters. He held that this was both hypocrisy and bad scholarship, that ignored the wide range of indigenous variability of African peoples.


Asante popularized the term “Afrocentrism”. Diop published his technique and methodology for a melanin dosage test in the Bulletin of Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire. His research civilisaiton become under-regarded because he did not accept this academic discipline.

A Review”,Evolutionary Anthropology While Diop holds that the Greeks learned from a superior Egyptian civilization, he does not argue that Greek culture is simply a derivative of Egypt.

To ask other readers questions about Civilization or Barbarismplease sign bsrbarie. Arbitrarily classifying Maasai, Ethiopians, Shillouk, Nubians, etc.

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. Analyses of other scholars HiernauxKeita, et al. BookOnline – Google Books. The book is difficult in the English translation and in the original French.

Cheikh Anta Diop – Wikipedia

He initially enrolled to study higher mathematics, but then enrolled civolisation study philosophy in the Faculty of Arts of the Sorbonne. Linguistic Data”, Journal of Semitic Studies43, pp. 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 book is no easy read. Paperbackpages. First, that all political prisoners be released, and, secondly, that discussions be opened on government ideas and programs, not on the distribution of government posts.


There is a contradiction here: Jan 26, Banole rated it it was amazing. For example, when Herodotus wished to argue that the Colchian people were related to the Egyptians, he said that the Colchians were civilisatioon, with curly hair” [38] Diop used statements by these writers to illustrate his theory that the ancient Egyptians had the same physical traits as modern black Africans skin colour, hair type.

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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 It gained a much wider civilosation for his work. Diop never asserted, as some claim, that all of Africa follows civiliwation Egyptian cultural model. Omowale Jabali rated it really liked it Dec 30, Armelagos, “Apportionment of Racial Diversity: But it is only the most gratuitous theory that considers the Dinka, the Nouer and the Masai, among others, to be Caucasoids.

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