Omowale Jabali : The Revisionism of African History

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    Modern "history", especially the discipline known as "Egyptology", is responsible of revising and "whitewashing" African history in some of the worst ways. Numerous "Egyptologists" are in the forefront of this distortion, specifically as it relates to historical chronology.

    A prime example is the following.

    David M. Rohl (born 12 September 1950) is a British Egyptologist[1] and former director of the Institute for the Study of Interdisciplinary Sciences (ISIS) who from the 1980s has put forth several theories revising the chronology of Ancient Egypt and Israel to form a new chronology.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rohl

    The New Chronology is a revised Chronology of the ancient Near East created by Rohl. It involves a major revision of the conventional chronology of ancient Egypt, in particular by redating Egyptian kings of the 19th through 25th Dynasties. Rohl asserts that the New Chronology allows scholars to identify many of the main characters in the Old Testament with people whose names appear in archaeological finds. The New Chronology has not gained wide acceptance among Egyptologists.[6]
     
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    Zahi Hawass

    Another revisionist is Zahi Hawass.

    He is opposed to the claims of Afrocentrists.[13] According to Hawass "Tutankhamun was not black, and the portrayal of ancient Egyptian civilization as black has no element of truth to it."[13]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahi_Hawass

    Hawass has written and co-written many books relating to Egyptology. Many of his books coincide with his positions of Ancient Egypt. He is the author of many books including King Tutankhamun: The Treasures from the Tomb,[24] published to coincide with a major exhibition in the UK.[25] He has also written an article on Tutankhamun in Ancient Egypt magazine, and has written several articles for this bi-monthly UK-based magazine in the past.
     
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    In spite of archaeological evidence which traces the "out of Africa" migrations emanating from around the Omo River Valley, where does David Rohl claim the biblical "Garden of Eden" to be located?

    The Garden described in the Bible places the headwaters of four rivers in it: the Tigris, the Euphrates, the Gihon, and the Pishon. Obviously, the Tigris and Euphrates are well-known rivers, but the other two have been real problems in the past. Rohl has identified them as the Araxes and Uizhun which puts the headwaters of all four rivers in his Eden. Interestingly, the Uizhun, Rohl's equivalent to the Pishon which the Bibles identifies with gold, is known locally as the Golden River, and meanders between ancient gold mines and lodes of lapis lazuli.

    http://www.biblicalheritage.org/Archaeology/eden.htm
     
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    The "Hamitic Race" Theory

    In the 19th century, as an application of what some call scientific racism, the "Hamitic race" became a sub-group of the Caucasian race, alongside the Semitic race, grouping the non-Semitic populations native to North Africa, the Horn of Africa and South Arabia, including the Ancient Egyptians. The Hamitic theory suggested that this "Hamite race" was superior to or more advanced than Negroid populations of Sub-Saharan Africa. In its most extreme form, in the writings of C. G. Seligman, it asserted that all significant achievements in African history were the work of "Hamites" who migrated into central Africa as pastoralists, bringing technologies and civilizing skills with them. Theoretical models of Hamitic languages and of Hamitic races were interlinked in the early twentieth century.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamitic

    According to Bernard Lewis, the sixth-century Babylonian Talmud states that "the descendants of Ham are cursed by being Black and are sinful with a degenerate progeny."[2] Both Arab and later European and American slave traders used this story to justify African slavery.
     
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    The African Centered Paradigm

    The African centered paradigm in both its ancient and modem versions is an instructional process. Our revision must continue that tradition since instruction is designed to enable students to lead the meaningful life. Therefore the epistemology is comprehensive. The paradigm should be a model curriculum. Let us call it the Sebayet (African curriculum). Classical African texts contain the guidelines for the core curriculum.

    The course of study should include medew netcher (theology), medew nefer grammar (Logic), maat (governance), hepu nefer (ethics), soneb (health), hesebu (mathematics), sesh (writing), and genut (history). The development of these disciplines of these disciplines in the context of an African centered historiography of the world is the appropriate approach to our project: the "reproduction" of knowledge about Africa and for African peoples.

    http://www.africawithin.com/carruthers/reflections.htm
     
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    The Basis of "Biblical" Chronology

    The Egyptian chronology is based partly on finds during excavation of the sites of ancient Egypt. These include tablets and statues with inscriptions, pottery fragments, tomb relics and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Also of great worth in determining the chronology are the works of early historians, who often used ancient records not available to us today. As the archaeological evidence of Egypt is more extensive than that of any other contemporary civilization, the chronology of Egypt is used as the basis on which the archaeological ages and the chronologies of neighbouring civilizations are built.

    http://debate.org.uk/topics/history/rohl-1.htm
     
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    I think it was Chancellor Williams (The Destruction of Black Civilization) who said you can find truth anywhere - even within lies. Read this stuff analytically with a grain of salt and then write and publish your own scholarly response. That's the only way to counteract the misinformation.
     
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