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Hamdan Khodja (Q). Algerian academic. Hamdan ben Othman Khodja. edit. Language, Label, Description, Also known as. English. Hamdan Khodja. See more of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum | Fazza on Facebook. Log In. or. Create New Account. See more of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin. Hamdan Khodja is the author of Le Miroir ( avg rating, 5 ratings, 1 review, published ).

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Stagnation on our side and movement on theirs.

When he became a victim of the French conquest ofhe sent a petition to King Louis Philippe to complain about the atrocities committed against him by the French Army. Another important point mentioned in the book hamdsn the taxes.

Khodja khovja born in Algiers, Algeria, in to a family of Turkish origin belonging to the high administration of the regency. I finish this review by mentioning four of the many points Hamdan treated in his book. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Khodja hmdan known as one of the most important mercants and richest men in Algiers, where he was in very great demand from colleagues desiring to participate khodua his commercial operations which extended to the Ottoman Empire as well as to Europe.

Last, I disagree when you say the white Europeans are the only to blame for what happened to the Native Americans. The strength we need to prevent colonisation is not necessary in the military. These people being the Turksthe Kouloughlisthe Moors and also the Kabyles and Arabs who settled in the cities and adopted their customs. So the Turks, who understood this fact, chose a way around it.

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Some rumours say Haedo never lived in Algiers and his books relate the facts other captives shared with him. France at that time had all those conditions that make a nation ready to colonize another one…a kind of predator nation…feeding on other nations land and resources to survive and grow. What solution did we find?


The first step would be to change what is interior to us, the colonisability.

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This site uses cookies. He wrote the book ” Le Miroir ” in which he denounced the encroachments by French soldiers in Algiers, thus becoming the first essayist on this subject.

Notify me of new posts via email. Hamdan explains that the population paid taxes to the government in exchange for security and protection. Have you read the arabic version? Hamdan ben Othman Khodja was an Algerian dignitary and scholar. You are commenting using your Twitter account. This last point was very important as it hit the religious side. Then a chapter comes on the decadence of the government. As much as we should work on our colonisability, the Europeans should work on their colonisity.

He also blames Dey Hussein because he had appointed this useless man, the right man in the right place as the saying goes. He mentions his own case explaining how he lost a lot of money to the French. But while stating these differences, Khodja insists that khoda are united within the Regency. Were we colonized because we were not enough strong to defend ourselves? Hamdan Khodja mentioned a second book to come khodjaa he never wrote it.

It basically denies every negative point, or blames it on those who replaced Clauzel. Which brings me to an important point: At many occasions, he said the Muslims are usually either too optimistic or hzmdan pessimistic when all we need to get the correct analysis is to be fair, honest and fearless of seeing our bad sides. He said our people have been using a hamdna with a short handle for N years and nobody thought of using a long handle. Instead, they thought they were superior and decided therefore to colonise the less developed inferior ones.


And I feel he did wonderfully well in this regard. Email required Address never made public.

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He depicts the Kabyles and the Arabs who live on the mountains and plains respectively as simple people, brave and war-lovers. Hamdan then explained that the French had no right to tax the Algerians, mainly khodjja they were unable to guarantee security outside of the city of Algiers, and also because they are not Muslims and many of the taxes they claimed they wanted the Algerians to pay them as they did for the Turks were based on Islam.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The second way is more respectable, the Turks spread justice and impartiality this unfortunately is an aspect forgotten by the Algerian government.

Biography Khodja was kohdja in Algiers, Algeria, in to a family of Turkish origin belonging to the high administration of the regency. Bennabi once gave an interesting example: But regardless, the book gives valuable hsmdan even though Christian Haedo displays a certain disdain of the Muslim inhabitants of the Regency.

His father was a Turkish scholar, an alim and also the defterdar of the deylik. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This reminds me of how the French gave importance to some Marabouts and zawiyasand also how khodna Algerian government is doing the same today.

You are commenting using your WordPress. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The second part of the book deals with the French invasion and its consequences both on Algeria and France.