African History: One of the Original Seven Liberal Arts


William S. Cook – Associate Director, Lander Center for Educational Research, Graduate School of Education, Touro College, New York, USA

Series: African Studies
BISAC: HIS001000

“Dr. Cook’s astonishing analysis reveals the ingenuity of Africa’s curricula encompassing the original seven liberal arts of African history, language, science, mystic science, mathematics, music, and philosophy. The profound exploration of the historical tradition and prodigious contributions of the liberal arts and the importance of studying them inclusively of each other for character development takes the reader on an illuminating journey.” – Ama Mazama, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Africology, Temple University

The lack of African history curricula in colleges and universities is a manifestation of influential American educators who have promoted the idea that Africa is irrelevant and inconsequential in today’s global affairs. In this context, many educators have supported a racial ideology of falsified, delusional-based information about the accomplishments of Europeans and Euro-Americans in comparison with people of African descent that “was clearly established, protected, and perpetuated by the U.S. economic, political, educational, social, and cultural spheres.” Although this perspective is one of the greatest falsehoods and misconceptions in the world, the educational system buttresses this misinformation by not positioning African history as a significant course of study within the Western liberal arts tradition. This work aims to correct this absence by presenting a comprehensive overview of the development of civilizations in Africa, the birthplace of humanity, as well as the history of Africa-oriented curricula in higher education.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Academic Innovations and Curriculum Development

Chapter 1. The Liberal Arts Tradition and African History

Chapter 2. From West Africa to the Atlantic World

Chapter 3. African History in the Liberal Arts Tradition

Part II: Liberal Arts in the African Context

Chapter 4. The Original Liberal Arts

Chapter 5. Background of Curriculum and Civilization

Chapter 6. Saint Augustine – The Liberal Arts Scholar

Chapter 7. African History: Medieval Europe to America

Chapter 8. Afrocentricity and African History

Part III: Conceptualizations of African History Curriculum Development

Chapter 9. African History’s Position in Higher Education

Chapter 10. African History Curriculum Diaspora


Appendix A

Appendix B



Author’s ORCID iD

William S. Cook0000-0002-1301-9312


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