Emir Abdelkader

1808 - 1883

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Abd al-Qadir ibn Muhyi al-Din (6 September 1808 – 26 May 1883; Arabic: عبد القادر ابن محي الدين ʿAbd al-Qādir ibn Muḥy al-Dīn), known as the Emir Abdelkader or Abd al-Qadir al-Hassani al-Jaza'iri, was an Algerian religious and military leader who led a struggle against the French colonial invasion of Algiers in the early 19th century. As an Islamic scholar and Sufi who unexpectedly found himself leading a military campaign, he built up a collection of Algerian tribesmen that for many years successfully held out against one of the most advanced armies in Europe. His consistent regard for what would now be called human rights, especially as regards his Christian opponents, drew widespread admiration, and a crucial intervention to save the Christian community of Damascus from a massacre in 1860 brought honours and awards from around the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emir Abdelkader has received more than 624,393 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Emir Abdelkader is the 1,242nd most popular politician (down from 1,204th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Algeria and the 4th most popular Algerian Politician.

Abdelkader was a Muslim sheikh who led an anti-colonial resistance movement against the French in the Algerian War of Independence.

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Among politicians, Emir Abdelkader ranks 1,242 out of 19,576Before him are Afonso V of Portugal, Mausolus, Alassane Ouattara, Emperor Yingzong of Ming, Totila, and Mohammed V of Morocco. After him are Juba II, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Casimir IV Jagiellon, Saparmurat Niyazov, Romanos I Lekapenos, and Zedekiah.

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Among people born in 1808, Emir Abdelkader ranks 8Before him are Napoleon III, Honoré Daumier, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, Antonio Meucci, Frederick VII of Denmark, and Patrice de MacMahon. After him are Jefferson Davis, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Gérard de Nerval, Thomas Cook, Johann Gustav Droysen, and David Strauss. Among people deceased in 1883, Emir Abdelkader ranks 6Before him are Karl Marx, Richard Wagner, Édouard Manet, Ivan Turgenev, and Gustave Doré. After him are Henri, Count of Chambord, Midhat Pasha, Joseph Plateau, Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Charles II, Duke of Parma, and Thomas Mayne Reid.

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In Algeria

Among people born in Algeria, Emir Abdelkader ranks 12 out of 213Before him are Yves Saint Laurent (1936), Macrinus (164), Saint Monica (332), Louis Althusser (1918), Jugurtha (-160), and Ahmed Ben Bella (1916). After him are Juba II (-52), Édouard-Henri Avril (1849), Abdelmadjid Tebboune (1945), Houari Boumédiène (1932), Dihya (700), and Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois (1898).

Among POLITICIANS In Algeria

Among politicians born in Algeria, Emir Abdelkader ranks 4Before him are Macrinus (164), Jugurtha (-160), and Ahmed Ben Bella (1916). After him are Juba II (-52), Abdelmadjid Tebboune (1945), Houari Boumédiène (1932), Dihya (700), Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois (1898), Juba I of Numidia (-85), Ptolemy of Mauretania (-9), and Syphax (-250).