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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Cheikh Anta Diop

Ngom added that the Bantu languages have more in common with Ancient Egyptian than do the Semitic ones. Diop consistently held that Africans could not be biogrphie 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.

He did not believe that such a population needed to be arbitrarily split into tribal or racial clusters.

Ancient Egyptians such as the Badarians show greater statistical affinities to tropical African types and diiop not identical to Europeans. FaganAfrica in the Iron Age: Retrieved 28 November On ne doit pas y attacher une importance obsessionnelle.

Essays in Culture and Development, — Inupon his return to Senegal, he continued what would be a lifelong political struggle. Yaa-Lengi Meema Ngemi Translator.

He was general secretary of the RDA students in Paris from to It is a hazard of the evolution. They show close cultural links between Nubia and Ancient Egypt, though the relationship had been acknowledged for years. In protest at the refusal of the Senghor administration to release duop prisoners, Diop remained largely absent from the political scene from to Keita, Journal of Black StudiesVol. He holds that the range of peoples and phenotypes under the designation “negre” included those with a wide range of physical variability, from light brown skin and aquiline noses to jet black skin and frizzy hair, well within the diversity of biographle of the Nilotic region.

Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Diop’s own Wolof studies were examined by Russell Schuh, a specialist in the Chadic languages, who found little resemblance or connection between many of the Wolof etymologies cited by Diop and Egyptian, of the type that are found when comparing Wolof to a known related language like Fula.


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.

He did not publish his work in subject-specific journals with an independent editorial board that practiced the system of peer review. For example, ancient Egyptian matches with Indians and Europeans are generic in nature due to the broad categories used for matching purposes with these populations and are not due to gene flow.


This is considered to be an indigenous development based on microevolutionary principles climate adaptation, drift and selection and not the movement of large numbers of outside peoples into Egypt. He obtained his doctorate in Diop held that scholarship in his era isolated extreme stereotypes as regards African populations, while ignoring or downplaying data on the ground showing the complex linkages anha such populations. The Cultural Unity of Black Africa: On a bigger scale, the debate reflects the growing movement to minimize race as a biological construct in analyzing the origins of human populations.

He alleged his critics were using the narrowest possible definition of “Blacks” in order to differentiate various African groups such as Nubians into a European or Caucasoid racial zone. Under significant political pressure president Senghor attempted to appease Diop se offering him and his supporters a certain numbers of government positions.

Views Read Edit View history. A number of individuals such as US college professor Leonard Jeffries [98] have advanced a more chauvinist view, citing Diop’s work.

Diop published his technique and methodology for a melanin dosage test in the Bulletin of Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire. These methods it is held, downplay normal geographic variation and genetic diversity found in many human populations and have distorted a true picture of African peoples.


This approach is associated with scholars who question the validity of race as a biological concept. By Diop’s party working on the ideas enumerated in Black Africa: That is why it easily drowned out the voice of science, by throwing the veil of fasificacation over historical truth. Many cultures the world over show similar amta and a mixture of traits. Topics Mentioning This Author.

Origine et évolution de l’homme dans la pensée de Cheikh Anta Diop: une analyse critique – Persée

The phenotype is a reality, physical appearance is a reality. The African Origin of Civilization: Diop argued that there was a shared cultural continuity across African peoples that was more important than the varied development of different ethnic groups shown by differences among languages and cultures over time. Some critics have argued that Diop’s melanin dosage test technique lacks sufficient evidence. Some scholars draw heavily from Diop’s groundbreaking work, [4] while others in the Western academic world do not accept chwikh theories.

APAM had been set up in by people biograpphie the political left wing to bring culture to wider audiences.

Academic detractors charge Diop with racism, based biogrpahie on his claim that the ancient Egyptians were black. The conclusion was that some of the oldest native populations in Egypt can trace part of their genetic ancestral heritage to East Africa.

This same modern scholarship however in turn challenges aspects of Diop’s work, particularly his notions of a worldwide black phenotype. He also stated that opponents were hypocritical in stating that the race of Egyptians was not important to define, but blographie did not hesitate to introduce race under new guises.

Diop would in the course of over 25 years found three political parties that formed the major opposition in Senegal. The present of aquiline features for example, may not be necessarily a result of race mixture with Caucasoids, but simply another local population variant in situ.