AFRICAN ORIGINS OF CIVILIZATION
This volume has clearly angered (a few) people, so much so that they’ve gone above and beyond the call of obligation as reviewers to invent several screen names and post their ire-filled opinions over and over. The actual fact is that this volume is well written, well researched, and well referenced. The creator doesn’t ignore contrary opinions, but in reality takes great steps to deal with and dispel seemingly legitimate arguments. As an obsessive historian, and skeptic of practically all Afro-centric writings, I can truthfully say that this book is more than the racism some readers would have you suspect it to be. Those with a readiness to read the manuscript and do their own un-biased follow-up research will find it well worth the effort.
The main topic of this volume is to point out that Aficans played vital parts in the history of man from the most remote times. The Egyptians were African. Black African. Even European and Middle Eastern Egyptologists could/can not prove otherwise. Refer to the 2nd volume of The General History of Africa. Diop puts forth in the Symposium on the Origin of the Ancient Egyptians the same arguments presented in this volume. Any argument opposing his own, Diop dealt with as objectively as possible. Considering he was African and that African history has been distorted the way it has, I can understand the fire and emotion with which Diop writes. It’s to be expected. But in the final synopsis, it’s not the emotion, but how well documented and researched his arguments are. Read the end notes and the bibliography. Mostly all his references are European Historians and Egyptologists who are hardly known in academic circles because of their beliefs. Diop even leaves an anthropological glossary and biographical sketches on the authors he cites. Hardly a stone is left uncovered. What Diop says is true and is gaining more acceptence everyday.