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The Handbook of Black Studies is the first resource to bring together research and scholarship in the field of African-American studies in one volume. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Maulana Karenga, along with a pre-eminent group of contributors, examine various aspects of the field of Black Studies. Organized into three parts, this Handbook explores historical and cultural foundations, philosophical and conceptual bases, and critical and analytical concepts.

Decapitated and Lynched Forms: Suggested Ways of Examining Contemporary Texts
Decapitated and lynched forms: Suggested ways of examining contemporary texts

“Nu said to Atum: Kiss your daughter Maat, put her at your nose, that your heart may live, for she will not be far from you.”

—Coffin Text, Spell 80 § 35 (Faulkner, 1973)
Point of Departure

The Temple Circle of Afrocentric scholars uses African origins of civilization and the Kemetic high culture as a classical starting point, and those origins are the practical manifestations of the ways the scholar secures centrism while studying Africa (Asante, 1990, p. 14). In Kemet (ancient Egypt), Ma'at, was the goddess of truth and justice; hence, Ma'at as a philosophical ideal is sought in all Afrocentric inquiry. In this article, I will explore ...

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