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    DescriptionOne of the most controversial books to come out of the academy in the last fifteen years is Martin Bernal's Black Athena. It has been a true cause celebre. Afrocentrists have both praised the book and claimed that Bernal stole from the work of black scholars to create his study of the Afroasiastic roots of classical civilization. Classicists feel passionately about what they perceive as an attack from an outsider on the origins not only of ancient Greece but of their own discipline. It seems that everyone has something to say about the book; the question is how many really understand it. In Heresy in the University, Jacques Berlinerblau provides an exegesis of the contents of Black Athena, making it accessible to a wider audience. As he clarifies and restates Bernal's opus, Berlinerblau identifies Bernal's flaws in reasoning and gaps in evidence. He cuts to the heart of Bernal's prose, singling out the key points of Bernal's argument, explaining and arranging them in a cogent manner. Berlinerblau addresses the critics' really important objections, including his own, and links each of them to the appropriate substantive argument in Black Athena. He goes beyond simple summary and exposition to present the underlying --stated and unstated--agendas of Bernal and his critics. Ultimately, he exposes both sides and asks what the flawed reasoning from all concerned reveals about the stakes in this key academic dispute and what that, in turn, says about the modern academy. Jacques Berlinerblau is an assistant professor and director of Judaic studies at Hofstra University.


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    Title
    Heresy in the University
    Subtitle
    "Black Athena" Controversy and the Responsibilities of American Intellectuals
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jacques Berlinerblau
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780813525884
    ISBN 10: 0813525888
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27230
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1Q
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET020
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFROAM, CULT/MEDITR
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 909.09812
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    LC classification: 98008499
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    Thema V1.0: NHB, JHM, JBSL, JBCC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Rutgers University Press
    Imprint name
    Rutgers University Press
    Publication date
    01 April 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New Brunswick, NJ