KUSH, THE JEWEL OF NUBIA:
Reconnecting the Root System of African Civilization, by Miriam Ma'at-Ka-Re Monges
The Great Cheikh Anta Diop identified the roots of African culture from which one can trace the branches. No African researcher since, however, has provided a comprehensive analysis connecting the ancient Nile Valley civilizations with the African universe. From the pyramids of Egypt to the great walls of Zimbabwe, Western scholars have attributed the achievements of these prodigious indigenous African civilizations to people culturally and geographically alien to Africa. However, in the case of the ancient Nubian Empire of Kush, which occupied the southern part of Kemet (ancient Egypt) and all of present-day Sudan, one expects reasonable scholars to attribute this African culture to an African people. The present much-needed work traces Diop's great "African cultural commonalities" of matriarchy, totemism, divine kinship, and cosmology to the very core of Kushite culture. This book is on the cutting edge of a new generation of Afrocentric scholarship whose mandate it is to provide a clearer picture of Africa's true nature, it s genius and its genuine contribution to World Civilizations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MIRIAM MA'AT-KA-RE MONGES is currently an assistant professor of Sociology/Social Work at California State University, Chico Campus. A founding member of the Institute of Africana Social Work at Temple University, she has also created and conducted a "rites-of-passage" program called "Candaces" for young African American women.