Asar Imhotep, the founder of the Madu-Ndela Institute for the Advancement of Science and Culture, Published Author, and member of the Amen-Ra Squad will present at the 2nd Annual Black Power Awards Weekend on November 17, 2017 at the Sheraton Downtown Atlanta. The title of Asar’s presentation is: “An African-Centered Critique of ‘Ra Iz Allah: Why Asar Imhotep is Wrong’ and the Problematics of a Maatic Islam”.
In the first part of the presentation, Asar will critically assess the recent publication Ra Iz Allah: Why Asar Imhotep is Wrong(2017), written by Wesley Muhammad, PhD. In this text, Muhammad asserts that the ancient Egyptian deity “Ra,” linguistically and conceptually, is cognate with the Proto-Semitic *ʔ-l (Arabic ʔḷh “Allah”) “God.” This is a modified position from his initial claim that Ra was an Egyptianization of the Semitic Allah in his publication Black Arabia and the African Origin of Islam (2009). From there, Asar will take a closer look at both texts and assess the merits of Muhammad’s claims against the available evidence to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of his arguments. Asar intends to show that despite his claim, this work doesn’t live up to its expectations and falls short of providing the necessary evidence to validate his hypotheses. This is a precursor to a formal written response titled “A Lesson in the Scientific Method: The Case of Allah” (forthcoming).
The secondary focus is an introduction to the Theory of Afrocentricity as a literary critique instrument, and as a framework by which to judge a phenomena’s value. Asar will utilize the precepts of Afrocentricity to analyze the theoretical construct called “Maatic-Islam” as proposed by Prof. Muhammad. “Maatic-Islam” professes to be a synthesis of Egyptian “Maat” and the Arabic religious tradition of “Islam.” As it regards this theoretical construct, Asar asks, “Are the two themes compatible?” Asar argues that there is a fundamental conflict between the two paradigms that are irreconcilable, primarily because they are grounded in two opposing frameworks and goals.
Asar Imhotep is a software programmer, Cultural Theorist and a researcher in the field of Africalogy from Houston, TX whose research focus is the cultural, linguistic and philosophical links between the Ancient Egyptian civilizations and modern BaNtu cultures of central and South Africa. Asar is a noted speaker and philosopher and is currently organizing efforts in a nation-wide venture titled The African-American Cultural Development Project—a national project aimed at creating a framework for an African-American culture which will help vitally stimulate the economic, political, scientific and cultural spheres of African-American life in the United States.
Asar has presented and submitted papers to such conferences as:
- National Council for Black Studies
- National Association of Black Psychologists
- NBUF National Conference
- National Association of African American Studies
- Free Minds, Free People National Conference
- African-American Student Leadership Conference – Texas A&M
- Women, Children, War and Violence Symposium – Texas Southern University
- MAAFA featured speaker – New Orleans
- African American Studies Research Symposium – University of Houston
- ASCAC International and Regional Conferences
- Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference – Philadelphia
Asar is also the author of The Bakala of North America, the Living Suns of Vitality: In Search for a Meaningful Name for African-Americans (2009), Aaluja: Rescue, Reinterpretation and the Restoration of Major Ancient Egyptian Themes, Vol. I (2013), Where is the Love? How language can reorient us back to love’s purpose (2015), and Nsw.t Bjt.j (King) In Ancient Egyptian: A lesson in paronymy and leadership (2016).
The 2nd annual Black Power Awards will include 16 powerful workshops, a cultural marketplace, and a Black Power Convention. Please Join us as we celebrate black excellence. Tickets can be purchased at amenrasquad.org.
Courtesy of Asar Imhotep Institute