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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Notify me of new comments via email. A major part of the second part was dedicated to the French behaviour in Algeria. Hamdan explains that the population paid taxes to kgodja government in exchange for security and protection. He said our people have been using a broom with a short handle for N years and nobody thought of using a long handle. The strength we need to prevent colonisation is not necessary in the military.

Then a chapter comes on the decadence of the government. Yes indeed I understand what you mean, …the people were divided in a tribal like social system and devoted to the marabou worshiping… compared to what was happening in Europe, at that time, our people seemed to be sleeping… drifting away from the world civilization flow, but still when you read the book people are portrayed as honourable people who had a code of honour who lived peacefully in hamdn land and that was enough for them.

He mentions his own case explaining how he lost a lot of money to the French. This site uses cookies.

I always thought the book was originally written in french. Last, I disagree when you say the white Europeans are the only to blame for what happened to the Native Americans. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Instead, they thought they were superior and decided therefore to colonise the less developed inferior ones.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Jhodja while stating these differences, Khodja insists that all are united within the Regency.

Algiers attacked by the French marine, 29 June – Theodore Gudin. On the other hand, the people who live in the cities such as Algiers are more sophisticated, richer and more knowledgeable. Furthermore, Khodja wrote the book ” Le Miroir ” in which he denounced the encroachments by French soldiers in Algiers, thus becoming the first essayist on this subject; it was translated into French and printed in Paris in So the Turks, who understood this fact, chose a way around it.


But Hamdan says the population amounted to 10 million people who, he hamda, have the right to be free in their own country. Hamdan ben Othman Khodja was an Algerian dignitary and scholar.

He mentioned the several Deys who got appointed then assassinated by the Janissaries. 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. It tells us how our forbears were…honorable, and brave people.

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These people being the Turksthe Kouloughlisthe Moors and also the Kabyles and Arabs khosja settled in the cities and adopted their customs. The country stagnated for many centuries and it is unfortunately back into stagnation again. He wrote the book ” Le Khoddja ” in which he denounced the encroachments by French soldiers in Algiers, thus becoming the first essayist on this subject. The second way is more respectable, the Turks spread justice and impartiality this unfortunately is an aspect forgotten by the Algerian government.

Instead, the Turks relied on the Jews whom they appointed at many important positions. Email required Address never made public. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Khodja was born in Algiers, Algeria, in to a family of Turkish origin belonging to khoda high administration of the regency. Buy it from Argentina, Brazil, India and may be Sudan.

Were we colonized because we were not enough strong to defend ourselves? He even advised the French to leave Algeria promising benefits for both parts. At many occasions, he said the Muslims are usually either too optimistic or too pessimistic when all we need to get the correct analysis is to be fair, honest and fearless of seeing our bad sides.


This reminds me of how the French gave importance to some Marabouts and zawiyasand also how the Algerian government is doing the same today. His father was a Turkish scholar, an alim and also the defterdar of the deylik. Stagnation on our side and movement on theirs.

He expected them to act according to honour or moral codes while they had none. 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.

The second part of the book deals with the French invasion and its consequences both on Algeria and France. I had the same reaction. Perhaps because he lost faith in a French withdrawal?

You are commenting using your Facebook account. As much as we should work on our colonisability, the Europeans should work on their colonisity. Khodja became 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 in his commercial operations which extended to the Ottoman Empire as well as to Europe. It basically denies every negative point, or blames it on those who replaced Clauzel.

Hamdan Khodja

He explains how they conspired against the Algerians by reporting lies to the French who relied on them because they spoke French and Arabic and how they took the opportunity to buy properties from the Algerians at very low prices. Biography Khodja was born in Algiers, Algeria, in to a family of Turkish origin belonging to the high administration of the regency.

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