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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tehuti Research Foundation,U.S. (12 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931446199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931446198
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,617,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book reveals the Ancient Egyptian roots of the Romany (Gypsies) and how they brought about the civilisation and orientalisation of Hispania, over the past 6000 years. The book also shows the intimate relationship between Egypt and Hispania-archeologically, historically, culturally, ethnologically, linguistically, etc. as a result of the immigration of the Egyptian Romany (Gypsies) to Iberia. Sample Highlights: The Romany / Bohemians / Gypsies / Gitanos / Moriscos / Mudehars / Mossarabs; The 'orientalisation' of Hispania; The flamenco; The Running of the bulls; The sacrificial rituals of the bull; The Hispanic and other Mediterranean Basin languages.

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The people commonly referred to as Romany (Gypsy, Gitano, Bohemian, etc) are consistently found in (or near to) ancient settlement sites of the Iberian Peninsula, especially in the southern and central regions. Read the first page
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Complete Nonsense 13 April 2012
By Hanzi - Published on
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I knew going in to this that the book would be full of false facts, but this book was absolute garbage. As a Romani person I find the author's complete lack of knowledge of our culture offensive. If you are going to wright a book about our people you should at the very least have read works by Romani authors or spoken to a Romani person. The author makes many false claims, mainly that he beleives that we originated in Egypt. Our language and our culture is proof positive of Northern Indian origins. One of his claims is that the Romani people have a matriarchal society, this is absolute nonsense, we have a VERY patriarchal society. He does not cite ONE piece of work that dealt with the Romani people. Half the time it is unclear wheather he is talking about Romani people or the native Spaniards. One of his more ridicuous claims is that Flamenco is a direct descendant of Ancient Egyptian dance. This is false, it is a descendant of Rajashtani folk dances which still go on today and which is clearly similar to the dances of other Romani tribes. One of the most unsettling things said is that Gitanos are somehow different and unrelated to the other Romani people throughout the world and that (using the term Hungaros specifically)other Gypsies are dirty. All in all this book is not worth reading if you are serious about learning about our culture. I find it very unsettling and offensive when non-Romani people insist on claiming more knowledge about our culture than we know ourselves!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A refreshing insight on Egyptian/Hispanic history & culture 24 April 2005
By Jason - Published on
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Egyptian Romany is the eleventh book in a line of non-fiction works by author, Moustafa Gadalla, a torch bearer illuminating the threadbare excuses and suppositions of centuries of Western academic posturing (as means of job protection) upon Egypt and its ‘imagined’ (more Western job protection) history. Perhaps that is a little misleading, as Moustafa Gadalla’s work is not theory debunking, rather it is by his process of revealing to the world the tenets of ancient and modern Egyptian life the outdated academic battleships who should never have been trawling in these waters to begin with are sunk. If you are at all familiar with the author’s work, Egyptian Romany will not disappoint and if all you care about is understanding how interpolated Spain, with preference to the Iberian coast, was and still is with ancient Egypt you may be stunned with the stark, yet undisguised, realisations and common-sense findings within.

Among the repertoire of the author’s multilingual published works, Egyptian Romany shares a certain relationship to the earlier work, Exiled Egyptians, in that it is a tracing of lineage and interrelationships along the tides of millennia. Unlike, said previous work, Egyptian Romany explores the special relationship between the two lands, one that is prevalent in modern society in Spain to this very day.

It is the ‘silent majority’, known perhaps most commonly as Gitanos/Gypsies/Romany who by their very nature of non-violence toward northern colonists were pushed out of their country into nomadic-seeming existence that the book begins, delving immediately into etymological fact before breaking down the stages of conquest over the land and people. The union of Egypt and early Iberia is explored with the Virgin Mary/Isis, which remains indelibly powerful today; this link is revealed clearly woven back to its intrinsic roots in Egypt with story and symbology. Spiritual kinship is not the premise of Egyptian Romany, however, as it is one that has strong trade ties that Egypt was dependent on from the Iberia, given silver was one of the metals more plentiful outside of the limited eastern Mediterranean stores. Moustafa relates metallurgical methods and historical accounts delving trade routes and methods of oceanic transport, in particular, in rich detail. Beyond these geo-cultural foundations the author investigates the collapse of the peaceful relationship between the countries by the aggressive invasions by Roman, Moorish, and other forces who would come to occupy and laud their selves over the indigenous peoples; in detail the impact on Iberia itself and the fact-less bias of such occupiers and their academic champions in their assertions of ‘renaissance’ over their colonised demesne. An excellent dissertation on languages and dialects of Hispanic culture ends the book with two similarly power-packed chapters on the religious and musical traditions from Egypt with preponderance on their representation in Iberian culture.

Like previous Tehuti Research Foundation volumes, Egyptian Romany continues with similar design and layout, no-nonsense lineated illustration is coupled with small to full page geographical maps permeate chapter. Paragraphs are concise and neatly laid out, with important information easily accessed with bullet points and highlight that have the care of any manual or instructive material. This is not an academic book in the sense of vast swathes of tiny text drowning in its own paragraphs. The visual elements and typography make the book an easily digestible work for the young to the old. Extensive glossary, bibliography, and sources are provided for the reader and the index, as with other Tehuti Research Foundation volumes, is on par excellence, not some shallow and haphazard accretion.

Speculation is not the pulpit of Moustafa’s work, you do not get the sense of browbeating for indigenous demands as it is by facts and historical observation gathered in such a lucid manner that makes intelligent and refreshing reading. If you at all are interested in the Egyptian themes that wend throughout Iberian history whether you know about them or not, I highly recommend this book, and if you’re at all familiar with Moustafa Gadalla’s work then Egyptian Romany will be another welcome addition to your library.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Moustafa is a master at historical research 10 Oct. 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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Also available in an e-book format (1931446202, $10.95), Egyptian Romany: The Essence Of Hispania by Egyptologist and historian Moustafa Gadalla surveys 6,000 years of Iberian history to reveal the cultural roots of the Romany (Gypsies) to ultimately derive from ancient Egypt. Moustafa draws upon his original research to reveal and document the relationship between Egypt and Hispania through several factors including archeology, history, culture, ethnology, linguistics, and more. Moustafa is a master at historical research and has often brought to the study of history (especially Egyptian history) a novel and iconoclastic perspective that is buttressed by impeccable research and an articulate presentation of often surprising and long obscured data. Egyptian Romany is enthusiastically recommended reading for students of Egyptology, Hispanic history, and Romany culture.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Revealing Afro... ehem... Egyptcentrist Knowledge in Need of Getting Synthesized With Other Revealing Afrocentrist Books 8 Jun. 2007
By Bonam Pak - Published on
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Moustafa Gadalla has written another revealing book on the Egyptian influence upon the world. This time he has set out to prove the Egyptian (and not the East Indian) origin of the Iberian Romany/Gypsies; that the entire Iberian civilisation derives directly from Egypt; the false credits of various cultural phenomena given to many other peoples than the Egyptians.

These proofs work with metallurgy, linguistics, music, dance, agriculture, population demographics, historical reports and many other ways. (But not with genetics, I may make a point, as this would have been possible to do in the year 2004, when the book was published.)

He convincingly points out that the Phoenicians have been wrongly credited with a lot of things, such as the invention of the alphabet, mining, ship and harbor building, setting up colonies. The latter to be supposedly true even for Carthage. At this specific point I would have liked to read an elaboration, who else build Carthage then, including its sophisticated harbor and large fleet. The Arabs have been wrongly credited with introducing e.g. the flamenco, guitar, gardening and extensive vocabulary into Spain (and by that indirectly Western culture at large). The Greeks have been wrongly credited with e.g. Hercules, the Romans with e.g. bringing "civilisation" into Iberia. The astonishing thing is that the author lists historical records of the beforementioned peoples, themselves giving credit to the Egyptians of all of these things. In fact, many Western museums display e.g. Ancient Egyptian guitars etc., which shows the intentional character of the historical deception.

Moustafa Gadalla goes even further, showing that Western linguists use flawed methods of categorizing language groups. Probably on purpose also. He suggests that Ancient Egyptian is the mother tongue of all: the "Afro-Asiatic", Semitic and Indo-European language families. And yes, the Basque language isn't such a mystery at all, but directly derived from Ancient Egyptian as well. Astonishing are the revelations about the introduction of the alphabet, e.g. the m-sound being derived from the Ancient Egyptian word for "water/sea", mer (still used as e.g. "Meer" in German), with the "m" representing a wavy water surface as the original sign. Expressions like "Notre Dame de la mer" are completely Egyptian.

Ancient Egyptian religion survived, too, in Christianized and Islamized versions, e.g. transferring the veneration of local/minor gods (who are part of the One God) into the veneration of saints, especially in Iberia.

A very important book. Yet, I have to subtract a star nevertheless. For one thing, the author seems to be a bit biased. Other peoples are termed gangsters, terrorizing, contrary to civilisation etc., while the ancient Egyptians are always the clearcut opposite. For example being not war-like, because they used mercenaries, supposedly exclusively. Even if completely true for all times, this doesn't make them not war-like. They DID wage war, no matter with what sort of soldiers. Terming e.g. the mother language the "purest" qualifies as a reversal of the bad habit of using reactionary vocabulary too easily. His theory of the Muslims/Arabs, Berbers and Moors in combination with the Jews planning to rule to exploit Iberia TOGETHER would be in need of a bit more substantiation, for as far as I am informed, the Jews had to provide those non-Muslim taxes in Iberia, too, which is odd in context of supposedly having been allies.

This book clashes occasionally with other revealing Afrocentrist books. Which doesn't necessarily make this book (or the others) invalid, yet this shows that further research is necessary to synthesize all the knowledge. Mostly for a variating, not really directly contrary approach to linguistics, I advise reading The Africans Who Wrote the Bible about the language of the Akan, who don't even get mentioned by this name here, but represented a people or many peoples who once spread over a far more vast area than ancient Egypt. On the origin of the veneration of saints in Christianity, Akan Rites of Passage and Their Reception into Christianity: A Thelogical Synthesis (European University Studies: Theology, 768) will - indirectly - provide a variation also. When We Ruled: The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations explains that the Almoravid and Almohad empires which successively ruled Iberia, from Africa, were actually Black empires by power structure (and of more southern origin than averred in "Egyptian Romany"), NOT really being Arabic and/or Berberish or of nomadic nature. The same book reveals much older dates of the especially early Egyptian dynasties, which may bring Moustafa Gadalla into trouble occasionally, for he connects Egyptian history directly to Iberian history.

If you are interested in further Egyptian colonization of Europe, Ancient and Modern Britons: Volume One (Ancient & Modern Britons) (and Volume II) will be of interest, although written in 1884 and unfortunately not as well and concisely structured as this book.
Needs more back up evidence for his theories. 15 Nov. 2013
By Mohini M N Mayers - Published on
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I think some of the author's ideas sound a bit far fetched. He makes lots of assumptions without really solid evidence.
However on the whole it was quite an interesting read. Don't buy it unless you're really into Ancient Egyptian civilization.
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