African Presence in Early Asia

African Presence in Early Asia


Edited by Ivan Van Sertima, Edited by Runoko Rashidi

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  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 404 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 20mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1987
  • Publication City/Country: Somerset, NJ
  • ISBN 10: 0887387179
  • ISBN 13: 9780887387173
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 976,404

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Contributors to this volume argue that blacks were a formative civilizing influence on Asian societies. Presenting their case with persuasive eloquence and research, the authors examine cultural forms, art motifs, weapons, scripts, and skeletal evidence to link Asian civilizations to Africa's Nile Valley. Articles detail both the physical and cultural presence of Africans in Asia. Topics covered include the black presence and heavy intermittent influence in Sumer, Elam, and Arabia; contributions of Dravidians and Ethiopian blacks to the Indus Valley civilizations; the history of the first Chinese emperor, Fu-Hsi; the origin of martial arts; parallels between Krishna, Guatama Buddha, and Jesus; and the nature of slavery in Arabia and Asia. Five major chapters have been added to this new edition, adding substantially to the range and depth of the original volume.

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