Book Review

Kush: The Jewel of Nubia

Though somewhat different than what I expected; I expected more of a chronological history than was provided. The book provides a very good overview of the Eurocentric suppression and distortion of African history particularly vis--vis Nubia (Kush) and Kemet (Egypt). The author exposes the Eurocentrist (in many respects Egyptology) in their contrived efforts to disconnect Kemet from Nubia, and Nubia and Kemet from Africa. In this respect it is a necessary book.

The author states: "Kushite history has become obfuscated by the discourse concerning the place of the Nile Valley in African history. Eurocentric scholars have been incapable of writing a holistic history of the Kushites because they have negatively valorized all Africans outside of ancient Egypt. These scholars continue to disassociate cultural characteristics of Nile Valley cultures from those found in what they have termed 'African South Of the Sahara'." (p. 60) In the subchapters entitled, among others, 'African Civilization Not African', and Meroe Not An African Culture'. The author examines the pronouncements and logic of the various scholars (mostly Egyptologist) to expose the convoluted and twisted thinking they have engaged in to deprive Africa and Africans of their history and heritage - preeminent among them, she says is William Y. Adams (Nubia: Corridor To Africa) who, incidentally, names his cohorts in the Eurocentric attacks against African people / history: "Many of the objections that I have stated here are not original with me. They have previously been voiced by B. Bothmer in Meroitica, by A. Spalinger in a letter to the editor of Archeology, and by B.G. Trigger, T. Save-Soderbergh, D. O'Connor, and several other colleagues in private communications." (p. 95-96)

The latter half of the book addresses the foundational relatedness of Nubia and Kemet, history of Nubian historical personages (the Kandakes) and information pertaining to the Neteru Amun and Maat - though the author mistakes Amen and Amun to be the same. The author expands the effort of anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop (Civilization Or Barbarism) pertaining to the socio-cultural bonds between Kemet and Nubia, and both with the rest of Africa by further exploring the subjects of 'Divine Kingship', 'Matriarchy', Totemism, and 'Cosmogony'- the first three of which are endemic to African people and absent among Whites.

Though not a chronological history of Kush (Nubia) as the title might suggest, the book is a welcomed addition to the discourse exposing the last one-hundred-and-fifty years of Eurocentrist suppression and distortion of African history - in particular Kemet and Nubia. Lastly, if you are a history novice read the book 'Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Kushite Empire - Drusila D. Houston, then read this book. This book, Kush: The Jewel Of Nubia, is worth owning, reading and discussing with others.

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