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 consistently held that Africans could not be pigeonholed into a rigid type that existed somewhere south of the Sahara, but they varied widely in skin color, facial shape, hair type, height, and a number of additional factors, just like other human populations. Research in this area challenges the groupings used as a not reflecting today’s genetic diversity in Africa, or b an inconsistent way to determine the racial characteristics of the Ancient Egyptians.

His research has become under-regarded because he did not accept this academic discipline. Diourbel RegionSenegal. He was general secretary of the RDA students in Paris from to Keita of Badarian crania in predynastic upper Egypt found biograpphie the predynastic Badarian series clusters much closer with the tropical African series than European samples.

Cheikh Anta Diop

He initially enrolled to study higher mathematics, but then enrolled to study philosophy in the Faculty of Arts of the Sorbonne. Diop supported his arguments with references to ancient authors such as Herodotus and Strabo. It is held by Keita et al. A Review”,Evolutionary Anthropology This argument remains a hallmark of Diop’s contribution. However, from the s archaeologists and historians re-discovered such past African achievements as Great Zimbabweand from the s linguists started to demonstrate the flaws in the hypothesis.



This black, even if on the level of his cells he is closer to a Swede than Peter Botha, when he is in South Africa he will still live in Soweto. It found that some European researchers had earlier tried to make Africans seem a special case, somehow different from the rest of the world’s population flow and mix.

As Egyptologist Frank Yurco notes:. Brown and George J. Yurco “An Egyptological Review”, [37].

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Diop took an innovative approach in his linguistic researches published inoutlining his hypothesis of the unity of indigenous African languages beginning with the Ancient Egyptian language. Stein and Bruce M.

This modern research also confirms older analyses, Arkell and UckoShawFalkenburgerStrouhalBlancet al. Aboriginals or ‘European’ Agro-Nostratic Immigrants? He gained his first degree licence in philosophy inthen enrolled in the Faculty of Sciences, receiving two diplomas in chemistry in Diop would in the course of over 25 years found three political parties that ce the major opposition in Senegal.

This same modern scholarship however in turn challenges aspects of Diop’s work, particularly his notions of a worldwide black phenotype. Charles Scribner’s Sons; Hassa, F.


They show close cultural links between Nubia and Ancient Egypt, though the relationship had been acknowledged for years.

The Swiss archaeologist Charles Bonnet’s discoveries at the site of Kerma shed some light on the theories of Diop. Transaction Books,pp. In a study, 58 native inhabitants from upper Egypt were sampled for mtDNA.

Arbitrarily classifying Maasai, Ethiopians, Shillouk, Nubians, etc. The conclusion was that some of the oldest native populations in Egypt can trace part of their genetic ancestral heritage to East Africa. Ancient Egyptians such as the Badarians show greater statistical affinities to tropical African types and are not identical to Europeans. Quotes by Cheikh Anta Diop. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. The reviewers found that some researchers seemed to have shifted their categories and methods to maintain this “special case” outlook.

In he registered a second thesis title “Who were the pre-dynastic Egyptians” under Professor Marcel Griaule.

The Cultural Unity of Black Africa: Inat the age of 23, Diop went to Paris to study. As one scholar at the symposium put it: