Introduction to African Civilizations
A number of scholars, both ancient and modern, have come to the conclusion that the world's
first civilization was created by a people known as Ethiopians.  The name "Ethiopian" we owe
to the ancient Greeks.   When the Greeks came in contact with the dusky inhabitants of Africa
and Asia, they called them the "burnt faces."  The Greek word for burnt was
Ethios and the
word for face was
ops.  So ethios plus ops became Ethiopians.

...According to Homer and Herodotus, the inhabitants of the following territories were
Ethiopians:

1.        The Sudan.
2.        Egypt.
3.        Arabia.
4.        Palestine.
5.        Western Asia.
6.        India

(See A History of Ethiopia, Vol. I. pp. 1-2, by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge.)
Contents
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Title
Excerpt
 
Foreword by Runoko
Rashidi
John Glover Jackson, one of America's greatest cultural
historians, was born on April 1, 1907, in Aiken, South
Carolina.  He died in Chicago on October 13, 1993.  
Jackson's was a life of remarkable achievement, and it
deserves to be recalled and celebrated in the community of
those who honor thinkers and writers. (pg. vi)

San Antonio, Texas
January 2001
 
Introduction by John
Henrik Clarke
From a study of the period in which he lived, Imhotep
appears to have been one of the most versatile men in
history.  In addition to being the chief physician to the king,
he was sage and scribe, Chief Lector Priest, architect,
astronomer, and magician.  He was a poet and
philosopher.  One of his best-known sayings, which is still
being quoted, is "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we
shall die." (pg 14)

The early civilizations of this part of Africa are splendid
with achievements that most European writers have not
been able to accept as evident African accomplishments.  
The influence of Islam and the Arabs in East Africa has been
highly overstated.  This influence was not always for the
better.  In fact, the Arabs, like all of the other invaders of
Africa, did more harm than good.  They, like the Europeans
of a later day, destroyed many African cultures that they
did not understand.  Their role in the East African slave
trade brought wreck and ruin to the nation states in this
part of Africa.  The were not without achievements, but
their achievements are out-weighed by the harm they did.
(pg. 26)

This book is about the history of Africa from the origin of
man to the present time.  This not just another book on
African history.  It is, in my opinion, one of the best books
that has so far been written on this subject.  (pg. 35)
1
Africa and the Origin of Man
 
2
Ethiopia and the Origin of
Civilization
According to Homer and Herodotus, the inhabitants of the
following territories were Ethiopians:
1. The Sudan
2. Egypt
3. Arabia
4. Palestine
5. Western Asia
6. India (e.g., Dravidians)
3
Egypt and the Evolution of
Civilization
 
4
Africa and the Civilizing of
Europe:
The Empire of the Moors
 
5
The Golden Age of West
Africa
 
6
Africa and the Discovery of
America
 
7
Mariners and Merchants of
the Eastern Coast
 
8
Zimbabwe, Monomotapa,
and Other Kingdoms of the
Interior
 
9
The Destruction of African
Culture
 
10
Africa Resurgent
 
 
Bibliography
 
 
New Bibliographical
Approach to African
History by John Henrik
Clarke
 
 
Index
 
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Introduction to African Civilizations
by John G. Jackson
Introduction by John Henrik Clarke and Foreword by Runoko Rashidi