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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Diop’s view that the scholarship of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century was based on a racist view of Africans was regarded as controversial when he wrote in the s through to the early s, the field of African scholarship still being influenced by Carleton S.

Diop insisted on a broad interpretation bioggraphie to that used in classifying European populations as white. He declared that the peoples of the region were all Africans, and decried the “bizarre and dangerous myths” of previously biased scholarship, “marred by a confusion of race, language, and culture and by an accompanying racism.

These researchers hold that they too often rely on cheikb stereotypical conception of pure or distinct races that then go on to intermingle. This ideology was spread with the help of considerable publicity and taught the world over, because it alone had the material and financial means for its own propagation.

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Retrieved 15 April Diop also acknowledged that the ancient Egyptians absorbed “foreign” genes at various times in their history the Hyksos for example but held that this admixture did not change their essential ethnicity.

While acknowledging the common genetic inheritance of all humankind and common evolutionary threads, Diop identified a black phenotypestretching from India, to Australia to Africa, with physical similarities in terms of dark skin and a number of other characteristics. 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.


Ants in Culture and Development, — He ultimately translated parts of Einstein ‘s Theory of Relativity into his native Wolof. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.

He obtained his doctorate in The RDA students continued to be highly active in politicizing the anti-colonial struggle and popularized the slogan “National independence from the Sahara to the Cape, and from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic. His interpretation of anthropological data such as the role of matriarchy and archeological data led him to conclude that Egyptian culture was a Black African culture.

Diop’s presentation of his cheiih at the Cairo UNESCO symposium on “The peopling of ancient Egypt and the deciphering of the Meroitic script”, inargued that there were inconsistencies and contradictions in the way African data was handled.

Diop published his technique and methodology for a melanin dosage test in the Bulletin of Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire. They contend the test is inappropriate to apply to ancient Egyptian mummies, due to the effects of embalming and deterioration over time.

A number of individuals such as US college professor Leonard Jeffries [98] have advanced a more chauvinist view, citing Diop’s work. Our results suggest that the Gurna population has conserved the trace of an ancestral genetic structure from an ancestral East African population, characterized by a high M1 haplogroup frequency.

This symposium generated a lively debate about, but no consensus on, Diop’s theories. Retrieved 28 November The reviewers found that some researchers seemed to have shifted their categories and methods to maintain this “special case” outlook. In he registered his new thesis title “Comparative study of political and social systems of Europe and Africa, from Antiquity to the formation of modern states. The special edition of the journal was on the occasion of the centenary of the abolition of slavery in the French colonies and aimed to present an overview of issues in contemporary African culture and society.

I attach no more importance to these questions than they actually deserve in modern twentieth-century societies. He said that their cultural, genetic and material links could not be defined away or separated into a regrouped set of racial clusters. 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 constant 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

Diop focuses on Africa, not Greece. The Cultural Unity of Black Africa: 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.

He acknowledged the existence biogra;hie “mixed” peoples over the course of African history, writing that Egyptians and Jews were the product of crossbreeding. Those who have followed us in our efforts for more than 20 years know now that this was not the case and that this fear remained unfounded. He was general secretary of the RDA students in Paris from to On ne doit pas y attacher une importance obsessionnelle.

Nevertheless, he awarded Diop and similar scholars credit for posing these problems.

Quotes by Cheikh Anta Diop. Keita of Badarian crania in predynastic upper Egypt found that the predynastic Badarian series clusters much closer with the tropical African series than European samples. He claimed this put African historical linguistics on a secure basis for the first time. He also stated that opponents were se in stating that the race of Egyptians was not important to define, but they did not hesitate to introduce race under siop guises.

Genetic studies have disproved these notions.

Want to Read saving…. AfterDiop went back to Senegal and continued his research and political career. He held that this blographie both hypocrisy and bad scholarship, that ignored the wide range of indigenous variability of African peoples. The Swiss archaeologist Charles Bonnet’s discoveries at the site of Kerma shed some light on the theories of Diop.