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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Egyptologie et Civilisations Africaines”. The linguistic research of Diop and his school have been criticised by Henry Tourneax, a linguist specialising in the Fula language.

Diop consistently held that Africans could not be pigeonholed into a rigid type viop existed somewhere south of the Sahara, but they varied widely in skin color, facial shape, hair type, height, and a number of additional factors, just like other human populations.

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


Cheikh Anta Diop

Though Diop is sometimes referred to as an Afrocentristhe predates the concept and thus was not himself an Afrocentric scholar. More contemporary critics assert that notions of the Sahara as a dominant barrier in isolating sub-Saharan populations are both flawed and simplistic in broad historical context, given the cheikn movement of people over time, the fluctuations of climate over time the Sahara was once very fertileand the substantial representation of “sub Saharan” traits in the Nile Valley among people like the Badari.

Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar. There are common patterns such as circumcision, matriarchy etc. They consider the Egyptians as a simply another Nile valley population or b part of a continuum of population gradation or variation among humans that is based on indigenous development, rather than using racial clusters or the concept of admixtures.

He ultimately translated parts of Einstein ‘s Theory of Relativity into his native Wolof. What if an African ethnologist were to persist in recognizing as white-only the blond, blue-eyed Scandinavians, and systematically refused membership dipo the remaining Europeans, and Mediterraneans in particular—the French, Italians, Greek, Spanish, and Portuguese?


And antw appearance corresponds to something which makes us say that Europe is peopled by white people, Africa is peopled by black people, and Asia is people by yellow people.

They hold that such splitting is arbitrary insertion of data into pre-determined pigeonholes and the selective grouping of samples.

To say that a Shillouk, a Dinka, or a Nouer is a Caucasoid is for an African as devoid of sense and scientific interest as would be, to a European, an attitude that maintained that a Greek or a Latin were not of the same race. This is considered to be an indigenous development based on microevolutionary principles climate adaptation, drift and antq and not the movement of large numbers of outside peoples into Egypt.

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

Retrieved 29 March The African Origin of Civilization: In it he argues that only a united and federated African state will be able to overcome underdevelopment. In he registered a second thesis title “Who were the pre-dynastic Egyptians” under Professor Marcel Griaule.

His research has become under-regarded because he did not accept this academic discipline. Retrieved 24 Nov Scholars such as Bruce Trigger condemned the often shaky scholarship on such northeast African peoples as the Egyptians.

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”. While acknowledging that the ancient Egyptian population was mixed, a fact confirmed by all the anthropological analyses, writers nevertheless speak of an Egyptian race, linking it annta a well-defined human type, the white, Hamitic branch, also called Caucasoid, Mediterranean, Europid or Eurafricanid.

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. Keita and Rick A.

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. Yurco, “Were the ancient Egyptians black or white? Diop repudiated racism or supremacist theories, arguing for a more balanced view of African history than he felt it was getting during his era.


As Egyptologist Frank Yurco notes:. Some critics have argued that Diop’s melanin dosage test dio; lacks sufficient evidence. This symposium generated a lively debate about, but no consensus on, Diop’s theories. Mixed-race theories have also been challenged by contemporary scholars in relation to African genetic diversity. While Diop holds that the Greeks learned from a superior Egyptian civilization, he does not argue that Greek culture is simply a derivative of Diopp.

This same modern scholarship however in turn challenges aspects of Diop’s work, particularly his notions of a worldwide black phenotype. Analyses of other scholars HiernauxKeita, et al.

The Swiss archaeologist Charles Bonnet’s discoveries at the site of Kerma shed some light on the theories ee Diop. As regards living peoples, the pattern of complexity repeats itself, calling into question the merging and splitting methods of Jensen, et al.

It is a hazard of the evolution. He held that this was both hypocrisy and bad scholarship, that ignored the wide range of indigenous variability of African peoples.

Diop’s biograpuie 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. Diop disputed sweeping definitions of mixed races in relation to African populations, particularly when associated with the Nile Valley.

Quotes by Cheikh Anta Diop.