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on 8 June 2013
While many of us thought that we knew something of the early advances in African civilization and culture while Europe was still in living in caves and eating raw flesh, Dr Diop gives us rare and detailed insight into the hugely successful prehistoric sub Sahara world. Lavishly illustrated with drawing and photographs, Dr Diop shows us not only the evidence of Egypt's early origins, but also explores in great detail the origins of racial negativity towards the African races and the systematic downgrading of African achievements by the western world for centuries.

"The African Origin of Civilization" is a scholastic work translated by Prof Mercer Cook from the original French and at times is is weighty an overwhelming. However it is a "must read" for any serious Egyptian researcher, amateur or otherwise and the footnotes and chapter references and bibliography more than assist redress the centuries old bias against African contributions to human development. Take your time reading it, take a rest for a week and start again. You will be the wiser and more tolerant as a result of your efforts and enlightenment.
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on 1 February 2015
This is an amazing work that is a must read. It's not just for history enthusiasts but should be part of the world history curriculum in every high school in the U.S. as it is equally as important for students to learn about the true origin of civilization as it is to learn about U.S. and European history since everything is connected. Written by a brilliant and reputable scholar, you can trust that the facts Dr. Diop presented in this book are well-supported. It's not a book that you can breeze through quickly since there is a lot of information to process and it contradicts what most of us have been taught about African history. I read this years ago during my studies at Howard University after it was recommended by a professor as one of the most important books that we would ever read. I found it to be extremely enlightening and life-changing since I finally found out the truth. I highly recommend this book and it's a great graduation gift for students!
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on 3 December 2015
Awesome find very informative. One the finest pieces of Africana there is because of it's Scientific approach to history. A true testament to Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop's research.
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on 4 July 2016
Excellent book. I started reading the French version "Nations Negres et Culture" and loved it so much I found the English version so that I could encourage more of my friends and family to read it.
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on 22 November 2010
Reading this book is a fine breath of fresh air. There are many sources out there with the advent of the internet and youtube now to collate scattered pieces of information about the true origins of ancient Egyptians and ancient Africans, but this book provides a good base for anyone trying to redress the Eurocentric lies, exaggerations and distortions that have been told to us over the last 500 years or so of European influence on African History.

The book certainly gets Eurocentrics upset. The writer of this book has been called "afrocentric" which is the european induced term for tagging anyone who dared to redress African History. its just as useless a term as calling anyone who criticises israel "anti-semetic".

Back to the book, the authors sources are not just from Africans, but from reliable european sources and people who were present at the time of the ancient egyptians and recorded their observations.

one of the best aspects of the book is the way Diop explains the definition of "race" of Africans. He describes the fact that ancient Egyptians were AFRICAN, and then describes what Africans were made of, where they migrated to and influenced, and how Egypt was not some obscure island that is set apart from africa. He corrects the simplified notion of claiming that egyptians are "black" by explaining that the term "black" is a modern term and does not accurately describe an african, because there are many shades of "black" so why just claim something is black. Africans are not defined by one colour or one facial feature. infact they are the most diverse people on earth. so diop emphasises this very well to help the reader understand what it is to be AFRICAN, and how egypt was everything AFRICAN. when you understand that, you will clearly understand ancient egyptians and where they came from.
Europeans and arabs have never been friends of African interests, so the euro/arab coalition against african truth is strong, but books like this help us to weed through the lies that
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on 29 May 1999
This book focuses on ancient Egypt. Diop refutes the theses of those Egyptologists who declare that the ancient Egyptians were anything other than Black. Diop uses an abundance of information to present his case: the phenotypical characteristics of Egyptian statues and paintings, the amount of melanin found in the dermis of Egyptian mummies, the testimony of ancient scholars (Herodotus, Diodorus, and Strabo), and the fact that the ancient Egyptians were culturally and linguistically African. Diop makes the arguments of early prominent Egyptologists like Champollion-Figeac seem utterly ludicrous.
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on 23 June 2008
One of the most recognized images of our generation is that of the white-skinned ancient Egyptian. This is how ancient Egyptians have been consistently portrayed in movies, documentaries and books. Diop sets out to show that this image of ancient Egyptians as white is a false one, constructed in the racist climate of the early nineteenth century by European scholars.

In the first six chapters of the book, he carefully considers the reasoning and arguments of a selection of Egyptologists and shows why their theories were wrong. He produces clear historical evidence to show that, up till the falsification of egyptian history in the nineteenth century, it was taken for granted that ancient Egyptians were black. He cites noted Greek and Roman historians and also supplies scientific evidence to back his assertion. He goes further to show that the origins of ancient Epypt actually lay in Sudan (Upper Egypt), in the heart of Black Africa, and not in Mesoptamia or Asia as claimed by European scholars.

In the second part of his book, Diop builds a strong argument for the black origins of ancient Egypt by detailing strong similarities in socio-cultural and political institutions between Egypt and the rest of Africa. He argues that all of Africa was, in fact, populated from Egypt and that, up till the coming of Europeans to sub-saharan Africa in the fifteenth century, many features of Egyptian civilization had survived in the interior in places like Ghana, Mali, Songhay, Yatenga, Cayor and Great Zimbabwe (all pre-European contact African civilizations). Therefore, the theory of "black barbarism" was infact a myth. He explains that African civilizations suffered a severe cultural reversion as a result of colonialism, which is why it is hard, today, to link African peoples to the former glories of ancient Egypt.

Diop's book is a radical but objective and very credible interpretation of historical, scientific and sociological facts and a bold attempt to provide a clearer picture of African history. Books like "Black Athena" (by Martin Bernal) and "The Destruction of Black Civilization" (by Chancellor Williams) are a good complement to this book.
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on 17 February 1999
This is an excellent book about African history by a brilliant histoian. The majority of people don't know about the great history of Black African people. This is a great book to start with.
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on 17 June 2005
Ancient Egypt is one of the most exciting subject to study. This great civilisation that begun by the Nile Valley thousand of years B.C. is the base of today civilisation. Ancient Egypt has been the universal centre of mathematics, science, religion, astrology, social organisation...for thousand of years (Diop, 1974).Most people will never believe that the great mathematician Pythagoras has been trained in Egypt. But who was the Egyptians? This book by Professor C.A.Diop demonstrates with valid scientific evidence that they were neither white, neither yellow but Negreos.This verity has been denied by a considerable amount of so-called "scientist" who try to whiten the Egyptians; or possibly, during that time, there were negroes with blond hairs and blue eyes; so far no scientific evidence proved the latter which may be a theory closer to the "ridicule" that science.
Nowadays, to my opinion most black people have lost their confidence, their true identity, due to the fact that our history has been falsified for some reasons that everyone knows.
This book must be read by every black man whatever your status as it is our duty to find out who we are and teach it to our people and children.
All nations want to dominate the world but some were already at the peak of civilisation when the rest of the world did have a house with a window.
God Bless
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on 5 June 2013
Remember Carl Sagan's maxim: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence".

Well Dr. Diop gives you all the evidence you need. This compelling piece shatters the erroneous academic status quo set by euro centrism, and establishes objective and reasonable facts you won't hear in a classroom anywhere in the West. I wholly recommend this book.
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