Monday, 22 August 2011

The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy and the Order of Knowledge

"... groundbreaking... clear, straightforward, and economical.... seminal... " -- American Anthropologist

"This is a challenging book... a remarkable contribution to African intellectual history." -- International Journal of African Historical Studies

"Mudimbe's description of the struggles over Africa's self-invention are vivid and rewarding. From Blyden to Sartre, Temples to Senghor, Mudimbe provides a bold and versatile resume of Africa's literary inventors." -- Village Voice Literary Supplement

"... a landmark achievement in African studies."  -- Journal of Religion in Africa


In this unique and provocative book, Congolese philosopher and writer V. Y. Mudimbe addresses the multiple scholarly discourses that exist -- African and non-African -- concerning the meaning of Africa and being African.