The Ancient Egyptian Universal Writing Modes by Moustafa Gadalla
[Review by D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review -- August 2017 issue]
The Ancient Egyptian Universal Writing Modes will appeal to English and linguistics collections as well as early Egyptian history readers as it surveys a surprising subject: the subjugation of thousands of early Egyptian alphabetical writings in favor of Arabic and a Western-fabricated approach to Egyptian writings.
While this may initially sound like an unverified conspiracy theory, Moustafa Gadalla provides careful, reasoned research to back his contentions and provides a close inspection of the development of the early Egyptian alphabet and its organization and writing styles. His inspection thus comes from scholarly foundations designed to illustrate the profession and evolution of Egyptian writings and scribes, discussing it in relationship to the development of European languages as a whole.
As chapters make the case for the fact that the Egyptian Alphabetical language is indeed the root of all language in the world, they refute many popular and long-standing ideas such as the notion that alphabetical letter-forms were derived from pictures, considering language diffusion patterns to Asia, Africa and Europe, the pre-existence of the proclaimed “Greek” alphabetical letter-forms in the Ancient Egyptian system, how Egyptian scripts came to be identified as “Greek”, and more.
Linguistics students should expect to find their world history of language turned upside down by the ideas in this book, which are strongly supported by scholarship and archaeological evidence throughout. While it's accessible to lay readers, the subject and attention to detail makes The Ancient Egyptian Universal Writing Modes a particularly strong recommendation for students of world history and language.