Jose Pimienta-Bey

Jose V. Pimienta-Bey was born and raised on Long Island, NY, to parents of Bermudian, Cuban, Barbadian, and Moorish Ancestry.

He received his B.A. in History from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania in 1984 and his M.A. in history from Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania in 1987. Since 1985, his primary research interest has been the Moors and their impact upon the development of European academic and social institutions. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University, Pennslvania, in 1995. Since 1991 he has served as an Assistant Professor of History at West Virginia University (WVU), where he teaches courses within the History department as well as in the Africana Studies Program (ASP). While at WVU, he has participated in and served as a consultant for the Center For Black Culture and Research's Saturday School Program, which mentors and instructs young people with balanced information about Africa's people, culture and condition.

Dr. Pimienta-Bey's most comprehensive essay on the history of the Moors appears in Ivan Van Sertima's edited text: The Golden Age of the Moor (1992). The essay is entitled "Moorish Spain-Academic Source and Foundation for the Rise and Success of Western European Universities in the Middle Ages." From December 1991 thru January 1992, Dr. Pimienta-Bey took an academic tour of Morocco and the Andalusian region of Spain. In October 1993, he attended a history conference in England sponsored by the Association for the Study of African, Caribbean and Asian Culture and History in Britain. While in England, he also visited with students and staff at England's London School of Oriental and African Studies.

His primary academic interests remain in the field of African American History and Moorish Studies, and he is presently researching existing evidence of the Moorish legacy in the Americas and Caribbean.


Africans and Native Americans $15.00  
The Legacy of the Moors in Europe $15.00  
Africa's Moors and America's Indians $15.00  
Europe after the Fall of Europe - 400 AD to 1400 AD $15.00  

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