Afrocentric Concepts in African Historiography: A Review Essay

Asante, Molefi K.
March 1992
Research in African Literatures;Spring1992, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p191
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article presents an essay on Afrocentric concepts in African Historiography, through emphasis on some Afrocentric thinkers. The author informs that the late Senegalese scholar, Cheikh Anta Diop, was inarguably the most dominant Afrocentric thinker of the past forty years. Struggling against the entrenched orthodoxy of the Eurocentric analyses of Africa, Diop almost single-handedly turned the intellectual tables on a tradition, that for the most part, had seen Africa as a subset of the European experience. Indeed, where European and American scholars had argued that there were many cultures, Diop shows that the varieties of African experiences gravitate around a single matriarchal center.


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