TITLE

INQUIRING INTO THE ORIGINS OF ANCIENT GREECE AND THE ARYAN MODEL IN BLACKATHENA BY MARTIN BERNAL

AUTHOR(S)
BO┼×NAK, Azize
PUB. DATE
August 2011
SOURCE
Journal of Academic Studies;aug-oct2011, Vol. 13 Issue 50, p65
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the "Aryan Model," or Aryanism, emerged in the 19th century In Western historiography as the scheme of reality to designate the roots of Western Civilization. According to this model, Western Civilization originated with the Aryans, who were "pure" Europeans. The civilization of the ancient Greek was also believed to have been founded by this distinctive Aryan race from the north. Aryanism not only grounded the idea that the "unique" Western Civilization (which dated back to ancient Greece) was superior; it also paved the way for thoughts like Social Darwinism, which would legitimize Western imperialism and colonialism. As Martin Bernal in his epoch-making book Black Athena puts it, the Ancient Greece defined by this model was problematic and needed some amendments. Western academia should acknowledge the contribution of African and Asiatic impact on the ancient Greek culture, as well as contemporary Western Civilization. This very assertion put against Aryanism has shaken up the established beliefs, and cast doubts on the concept of categorical European superiority.
ACCESSION #
67119334

 

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