Scholars in Egyptology have often debated the following question:
was the ancient Egyptian society organized along patrilineal or
matrilineal lines? In taking a fresh and innovative look at the
ancient Egyptian family, Allen attempts to solve this long-standing
puzzle. Allen argues that the matrilineal nature of the ancient
Egyptian family and social organization provides us with the key to
understanding why and how ancient Egyptian women were able to rise
to power, study medicine, and enjoy basic freedoms that did not
emerge in Western Civilization until the twentieth century. More
importantly, by examining the types of families that existed in
ancient Egypt along with highlighting the ancient Egyptians'
kinship terms, we can place the ancient Egyptian civilization in
the cultural context and incubator of Black Africa. This
groundbreaking text is a must-read for Historians and those working
in African Studies and Egyptology.
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