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The Cultural Unity of Black Africa: The Domains of Matriarchy & of Patriarchy in Classical Antiquity by Cheikh Anta Diop

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Published on: 25th March 2018

1953 work of Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, entitled The Domains of Patriarchy and of Matriarchy in Classical Antiquity. It was originally published in France, but by 1990 it was translated into English and published in the United States under the title The Cultural Unity of Black Africa. Diop’s works are respected in many international circles for being part of the scientific and historical movement of re-examining human history and development and redefining our history. This has been deemed an important task to challenge theories of human development created during European colonialism and chattel slavery. In this book, what are examined are the family systems of matriarchy and patriarchy and the relationship they share with environmental conditions and the two general types of state formations that arise from the two.
Diop challenges the classical theory of a “Universal Matriarchy.” This theory states that there was a transition from matriarchy to patriarchy and that humanity socially evolved in that order. Diop points out that from the beginning that humanity was divided into two distinct geographical “cradles” that were more favorable for the development of either matriarchy or patriarchy. These groups came into contact with each other and either existed harmoniously or in conflict. Sometimes one system would be superimposed on one another.

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