The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that Arabia was the Cradle of Civilization. Many Afrocentrists got mad at this teaching, thinking the Honorable Elijah was slighting Africa. For two reasons these dear persons need not be upset:
1.] A baby is not born in or from a cradle. A baby is only subsequently deposited there. Arabia as the Cradle does nothing to dethrone Africa (west of the Red Sea) as the Mother.
2.] The scientific data now FULLY confirm this fact.
The genetic data proves that: “Arabia was indeed the first staging post in the spread of modern humans.”
Verónica Fernandes et al, “The Arabia Cradle: Mitochondrial Relicts of the First Steps along the Southern Route out of Africa,” The American Journal of Human Genetics 90 (2012): 1-9.
“European researchers say genetic studies suggest the first humans leaving the Horn of Africa to the rest of the world first settled in Arabia.”
“Arabia saw first humans out of Africa,” Science News, UPI.com, 1/26/2012: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/01/26/Arabia-saw-first-humans-out-of-Africa/UPI-65001327616469/#ixzz1ksJQNUqh
Archaeogenetics indicate that the progenitor African group that gave birth to today’s human population migrated out of Africa into Arabia about 70,000 years ago. Richard Gray, writing for the Telegraph [UK] announced May 09, 2009:
“The entire human race outside Africa owes its existence to the survival of a single tribe of around 200 people who crossed the Red Sea 70,000 years ago, scientists have discovered…Research by geneticists and archaeologists has allowed them to trace the origins of modern homo sapiens back to a single group of people who managed to cross from the Horn of Africa and into Arabia. FROM THERE they went on to colonize the rest of the world.”
Richard Gray, “African tribe populated rest of the world,” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/5299351/African-tribe-populated-rest-of-the-world.html.
FACT: the first location the Out-of-Africa migrants touched down in was Arabia, and there they developed for millennia before going on to populate other parts of the world.
Don’t get mad, get up-to-date:
P.A. Underhill et al, “The Phylogeography of Y chromosomes binary haplotypes and the origins of modern human populations,” Annals of Human Genetics 65 (2001): 43-62.
J.R. Luis et al, “The Levant versus the Horn of Africa: Evidence for Bidirectional Corridors of Human Migrations,” American Journal of Human Genetics 74 (2004): 532ff.
Bernard Vandermeersch, “The Near Eastern Hominids and the Origins of Modern Humans in Eurasia,” in Takeru Akazawa, Kenichi Aoki, and Tasuku Kimura (edd.), The Evolution and Dispersal of Modern Humans in Asia (Tokyo: Hokusen-sha, 1992): 29-38.
P. Andrews, W.R. Hamilton and P.J. Whybrow, “Dryopithecines from the Miocene of Saudi Arabia,” Nature 274 (1978): 249-51.
Michael D. Petraglia, “The Lower Paleolithic of the Arabian Peninsula: Occupations, Adaptations, and Dispersals,” Journal of World History 17 (June 2003): 144-179.
Norman M. Whalen and David E. Peace, “Early Mankind in Arabia,” ARAMCO World 43:4 (1992): 20ff.
Jeffrey I. Rose and Michael D. Petraglia, “Tracking the Origin and Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia,” in Michael D. Petraglia and Jeffrey I. Rose (edd.), The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia: Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics (London and New York: Springer, 2009) 1-12.
"We, the tribe of Shabazz, says Allah (God), were the first to discover the best part of our planet to live on. The rich Nile Valley of Egypt and the present seat of the Holy City, Mecca, Arabia.” The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Black Man.
Warning: Before you get mad again and respond to this post angrily: STOP, do a few ‘Mooo Saaa’s to calm down, and check the above sources. Then get back with me.