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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
It seems obvious to me that Midasin is of the many people "patrolling" Amazon and other "Review Media" to look for "Black/African" "Media review" in order to discredit them, not that he may have actually read the full text to know well and understand the argument. He starts off typically by appearing to give an objective view or critique, then sails into an onslaught. The...
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by Eliasadok BenLevi

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rebuttal to the Euro Centric view of History
An enlightening and thoroughly thought provoking read.

Yosef Ben Jochannan presents a powerful and coherent case to present the essential African origins of Egyptian civilisation, and the pronouced influence of Egypt and therefore "black" Africa on the later major european civilisations of Greece and later Rome.

This book refers to the work of...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading, 30 Oct 2011
This review is from: Black Man of the Nile and His Family (Paperback)
It seems obvious to me that Midasin is of the many people "patrolling" Amazon and other "Review Media" to look for "Black/African" "Media review" in order to discredit them, not that he may have actually read the full text to know well and understand the argument. He starts off typically by appearing to give an objective view or critique, then sails into an onslaught. The interesting thing about what he offers as erroneous is a highly debatable area that often engages the attention of the "authorities" and adepts in the said discipline. He himself offers his OPINION on the matter without serious reference or evidence at all. Therefore his criticism shouldn't be taken seriously. I highly recommend this book, if only to get an alternate view, a premise from which to start a research or a fresh perspective apart from the conventional
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rebuttal to the Euro Centric view of History, 11 Jan 2008
This review is from: Black Man of the Nile and His Family (Paperback)
An enlightening and thoroughly thought provoking read.

Yosef Ben Jochannan presents a powerful and coherent case to present the essential African origins of Egyptian civilisation, and the pronouced influence of Egypt and therefore "black" Africa on the later major european civilisations of Greece and later Rome.

This book refers to the work of greek scholars, such as Pythagoras, Herodotus who spent years travelling and studying in ainceint Egypt, before returning to Greece with their "discoveries" who had marvelled at the advancments the Egyptians had made in architecture, mathematics, medicince, astronomy, agriculture. These european scholars were in no doubt of theachievments of the people of the Nile nor the fact that these people were black.

Ben Jochannon argues forcefully and effectively the African ethnicty of the first Jews termed "Haribu" in Africa. The fact that Moses, himself a black African was born and educated in Egypt and later married an ethiopian. The presence of thousands of black jews in ethiopia and the sudan to this very day being testament to the African origins of judaism. Nor does Ben-Jochannon overlook the Egyptian influence on the development of early Christianity.

The book demostrates the extradoniary similarity of aincient Egyptian texts and beliefs such as the "Book of the Dead" and the "negative confessions" to the "ten commandments" as presented by the African Moses, which they pre-date by thousands of years.

The text illustrates the race and ethnicity of the Moors, Islamised Africans who ruled Northern Africa as well as large tracts Spain and Portugal, Europe's most advanced nations at the time for 700 years.

Dr Ben-Jochannon goes to great lengths to demonstrate the systemtic atempts european sholars dating back several centuries to either ignore the fact that advanced African civilisations eg Ainceint Egypt pre-date all other civilisations in Europe and Asia by several thousand years; or even where the considerable acheivements of the Egyptians or the Malians or the Moors are acknolwedged there is an attempt to present them as NOT being African and/or not being "black", eg arabic, asian or somehow "mixed".

Ben-Jochannan asserts that this is undoubtedly a result of the many european scholars writings being influnced by their own deeply held racist beliefs that prevent then from accrediting Africans and black Africans in particualar with having made any meaningful contribution to civilisation, without the influence of another racial group.

A powerful work and a must read for those who question the euro-centric view of world history and the great civilisations.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Titled Reviews, 30 May 2011
This review is from: Black Man of the Nile and His Family (Paperback)
BLACK MAN OF THE NILE AND HIS FAMILY By YOSEF A.A. BEN-JOCHANNAN is packed tight with so much information that you can't read it, and I doubt very much whether you'll ever use it as a reference book. Infact I have learned more of what BLACK MAN OF THE NILE AND HIS FAMILY by YOSEF A.A. BEN-JOCHANNAN is about from The Title and the other Reviews.

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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Black Man redemption?, 25 Sep 2007
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This review is from: Black Man of the Nile and His Family (Paperback)
It is true that African culture has been largely sidelined by European and US academics. The African contribution must in that case, by default, have been greater than Europeans make it out to be. However, to argue, as Dr Ben does, that all culture emanated from Africa and that Africa is the source of all Western Civilization is clearly nonsense. He goes as far as to maintain that Freemasonry has African origins. Why anyone would want to claim an aberrant system like Freemasonry as part of their heritage is beyond me!

St Clair Drake put it in a nutshell when he wrote: "Ben-Jochannen's books challenge the reader to exercise alert vigilance to distinguish between fact, statements with a high degree of probability, and assertions based merely on a will to believe" (Black Folk Here & There, p.326)

Examples of simple factual errors are these. He places the founding of the Monomotapa Kingdom in Zimbabwe at AD100 (p.17), whereas it was actually founded not before AD1100 (at least 1000 years later). Then, elsewhere, he dates Monomotapa to about 1200-1700BCE (p.79), which would make it about 2500 years earlier than it actually was. Then he dates the beginning of the Zulu Kingdom at AD300 (p.17), whereas its beginning was actually not before AD1750 (at least 1450 years later) (p.17).

This book draws on a bizarre array of sources, including mystical and Masonic texts. Anything Dr Ben can find to throw at his ideological opponents he will pick up and throw, however jumbled and incoherent it might be.

Finally, as with all his works, he includes the charge that "white Jews' of the Western world are global impostors, having falsely hijacked a heritage which, according to Dr Ben, rightfully belongs to Black Africans. They have done this, he argues, by cunningly proclaiming their identity with the Israelites of the Bible. Consequently, he accuses them of propounding a racist creed from their very beginnings (pp.67-70).

If you want a serious study on the place of African civilization in human history, you will have to look elsewhere.
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