I. This paper explores the use of versions of the “Hamitic hypothesis” by West African historians, with principal reference to amateur scholars rather than to. This paper explores the use of versions of the “Hamitic hypothesis” by West African historians, with principal reference to amateur scholars. THE HAMITIC HYPOTHESIS: Racial Christianity in the Service of the Business and Political Elites. by: S.R. Shearer. The link between the economic elites that.

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And, of course, there uypothesis reasons in choosing the Tutsi above the more numerous Hutu: Africa Today, 45 1pp. On the contrary, hypoyhesis content was subject to substantial change and modification, depending on the social climate or the political objectives of its proponents Sanders He further argued that there were a “multiplicity and variety” of contacts and influences passing between various peoples in Africa over time, something that he suggested the “one-directional” Hamitic model obscured.

Although the particulars of the Eastern Hamitic and Western Hamitic groupings varied, they were generally as follows: This myth resurfaced in the period leading to and during the genocide of Man, Past and Present. Retrieved 11 May Second, the insistence on hmitic an immediate causal link between racist ideology and violent deed not only runs the risk of eclipsing the bulk of alternative factors that have contributed rendered genocide possible see Magnarellabut also trivialises the individual responsibility for participation in such crimes, an issue addressed in more detail by Straus and Franck Early expeditions to Africa were inspired by modernist and empiricist exploratory zeal, whereas indigenous people were categorised according to scientific racism Uvin95; see e.

The forehead is high and square instead of low and receding; the nose is narrow, with the nostrils straight and not transverse; the chin is small and slightly pointed instead of massive and protruding; the hair is long and not woolly; the lips are thinner than those of the negro and not everted; the expression is intellectual, and indicates a type of mind higher than that of the simple negro.

For the animal, see Hamites genus.

The Journal of Modern African Studies, 34 3pp Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic. Skip to main content.

By socially normalising contempt towards another group, and lowering the inhibition threshold for denouncements, dehumanisation, and eventually murder, the ideology played a crucial role in enabling genocide Vollhardt et al ; Moshman Hamitic languages consisted of the BerberCushitic and Egyptian branches of the Afroasiatic family. Traditions describe these “Hamitic” Stone Bowl peoples as having been tall, red-skinned, bearded and long-haired.


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Some scholars argued that this bias was a significant factor that contributed to the Rwandan genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus. The same is true for public speeches.

A Journal of Opinion, 23 2pp. In contrast, Mamdani a traces back the specific roots of Batutsi-Bahutu relations and puts the genesis of the above narrative into a local historical perspective. Among the Western Hamites, Semitic and Negroid influences could be found in urban areas, with a Nordic strain present in the northwestern mountains.

Beginning in the 19th century, scholars generally classified the Hamitic race as a subgroup of the Caucasian race, along with the Semitic race — thus grouping the non-Semitic populations native to North Africa and the Horn of Africaincluding the Ancient Egyptians. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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University of California Press. At first the Hamites, or at least their aristocracy, would endeavour to marry Hamitic women, but it cannot have been long before a series of peoples combining Hajitic and Hamitic jypothesis arose; these, superior to the pure Negro, would be regarded as inferior to the next incoming wave of Hamites and be pushed further inland to play the part of an incoming aristocracy vis-a-vis the Negroes on whom they impinged Thinking about race, history, and identity: Once again, an in-depth analysis of local histories, cultures and social settings is inevitable for comprehending myth, reality and what lies in between.

History in Africa, 33, pp. Through historical linguisticsEhret generally identified the ancestral “Mediterranean Caucasoid” population haamitic the makers of the Savanna Pastoral Neolithic culture, who spoke languages belonging to the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family.

Seligmanthis theory asserted that virtually all significant hypothdsis in African history were the work of “Hamites” who had migrated into central Africa as pastoralists, bringing new customs, languages, technologies and administrative skills with them.

Many versions of this perspective on African history have been proposed and applied to different parts of the continent. Inwriting about the African Great Lakes region, Christopher Ehret described the Hamitic hypothesis as the view that “almost everything more un-‘primitive’, hypohesis or more elaborate in East Africa [was] brought by culturally and politically dominant Hamites, immigrants from the North into East Africa, who were at least part Caucasoid in physical ancestry”.

There is Cush, of course, another son of Ham, who is generally regarded by fundamentalist Christians and Orthodox Jews as the father of the African people; but there is nothing in the Scriptures which indicate that the curse which was pronounced against Ham and Canaan devolved on Cush. As outlined before, genocidal ideology necessarily rests upon a process of dichotomisation and dehumanisation to justify the destruction of another group Moshman For instance, in Rwanda, German and Belgian officials in the colonial period displayed preferential attitudes toward the Tutsis over the Hutu.


The aspect of the pure Hamite differs altogether from those of the Bantu and Negroid races. To what extent did the Hamitic Myth prepare the ground hjpothesis ? Retrieved 15 October The end result of one series of such combinations is to be seen in the Masai [sic], the other in the Baganda, while an even more striking result is offered by the symbiosis of the Bahima of Ankole and the Bahiru [sic].

In the case of Rwanda, the doctrine took a rather bizarre twist. For Christians to believe that their alliance with economic “fat cats” will lead them anywhere but into shame is naive at uypothesis, and very self-serving at worst. Seligman asserted that the Negro race was essentially static and agricultural, and that the wandering Hamitic “pastoral Caucasians” had introduced most of the advanced features found in central African cultures, including metal working, irrigation and complex social structures.

The latter “Nordic” concept was promoted by certain writers, such as Madison Grant. African Studies Review, 40 2pp.

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And in all of this, Holy Writ and evolutionism hypotyesis twisted together in a diabolical and cruel mixture to achieve the result – all with the acquiescence of the Christian community. The Media and the Rwanda Genocide, pp. The introduction of identity cards, and the favourable treatment of Batutsi in education, politics and the economy, effectively cultivated social injustices Mamdani a, 87f.

Its underlying assumption — the dependency of African cultures on a more advanced deus ex machina – put Europeans in a good position to justify their mission civilisatrice and the colonial project at large. Retrieved 10 July How much is too much? Since racism is “bad” politically and scientifically, and pro-Hamitic historical theories usually have been associated with racism, Hamites themselves are “bad” or unsavory or one should oppose any hypothesis which credits them with an important role in anything.

These somatic attributes varied depending on the environment and through contact with non-Hamitic stocks. In this account, Noah had hamiitic sons called Shem, Japheth, and Ham, who were held to be the ancestors of the various peoples known to the ancient Israelites.