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He even advised the French to leave Algeria promising benefits for both parts.

As a “kouloughli”, which was a term used to refer to the offspring of Turkish men and Algerian women, Khodja received an excellent education and was well travelled.

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.

On the other hand, the people who live in the cities such as Algiers are more sophisticated, richer and more knowledgeable. Even when Muslim states conquered other countries, it was never because they felt they khofja superior. He mentioned the several Deys who got appointed then assassinated by the Janissaries.

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Some rumours say Haedo never lived in Algiers and his books relate the facts other captives shared with him. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Instead, the Turks relied on the Jews whom they appointed at many important positions.

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. But regardless, the book gives valuable information 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.

But while stating these differences, Khodja insists that all are united within the Regency. I had the same reaction.

He talked of the massacres perpetrated by the French army in several places in Algeria hamda he gave the example of Blida. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


Le Miroir: Aperçu Historique et Statistique sur la Régence d’Alger by Hamdan Khodja

Perhaps because he lost faith in a French withdrawal? And I feel he did wonderfully well in this regard. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

The same thing goes for the Arab tribes with their horse-riding skills. This point probably explains his initial welcome of the French invasion. It tells us how our forbears were…honorable, and brave people.

He imagined things would happen like in Egypt with Napoleonand someone, an Algerian Muhammad Aliwould emerge and modernise Khodka the French invasion would act as a catalyst. In the first part, Hamdan Khodja describes the hamddan populations living in the Regency.

At many occasions, he said the Muslims are usually either too optimistic khodjja too pessimistic when all we need to get the correct analysis is to be fair, honest and fearless of seeing our bad sides. Last, I disagree when you say the white Europeans are the only to blame for what happened to the Native Americans.

Khodja was born in Algiers, Algeria, in to khodaj family of Turkish origin belonging to the high administration of the regency. He said our people have been using a broom khosja a short handle for N years and nobody thought of using a long handle. Then a chapter comes on the decadence of the government. And the fourth point is treated in many pages reserved to Marshal Clauzel accusing him of several wrongdoings.

The last point in this first part was reserved to the government and the different positions and responsibilities one could find in the system a description of who does what. The first step would be to change what is interior to us, the colonisability. The strength we need to prevent colonisation is not necessary in the military. 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 jhodja 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 their land and that was enough for them.


As to your comment, I think Bennabi became famous for his colonisability concept because he was the first to introduce it in this very accurate manner, but his analysis was more global. They noticed that both the Kabyles and Arabs had a sort of adoration for their Maraboutsso they honoured them and gave them money. He expected them to act according to honour or moral codes while they had none.

You are right, the people cherished many great values. Hamdan explains that the population paid taxes to the government in exchange for security and protection. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Le Miroir: Aperçu Historique et Statistique sur la Régence d’Alger

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. Have you read the arabic version? This last point was very important as it hit the religious side. But Hamdan says the population amounted to 10 khodjq people who, he says, have the right to be free in their own country. They also respected and protected the Kabyle and Arab shrines.

He mentions his own case explaining how he lost a lot khodjaa money to the French. Stagnation on our side and movement on theirs. At the beginning I was haamdan it was a way to trick them by recalling the best in their civilisation, but the more I read and the more I became convinced that he really believed the French would act as honourable men.

Hamdan Khodja mentioned a second book to come but he never wrote it. The second way is more respectable, the Turks spread justice and impartiality this unfortunately is an aspect forgotten by the Algerian government.