Emir Abd El Kader Essay

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The story of Emir Abd el-Kader is one of the greatest stories of or pertaining to a struggle I've ever heard about, except for maybe the Revolutionary War and that might just be because I'm an American and we get taught about how amazing that was. There are six big reasons that I believe that Abd el-Kader's story and legacy should be remembered today, because not only does he go through a terrible struggle, he keeps his composure and attitude the whole time despite overwhelming odds. It also teaches people, whom because of ethnocentricity, believe that the people living in Africa were a bunch of uncivilized backwards clans, and that they only became civilized when it was brought to them from Europe, that people from Africa were not only civilized, but had previously been more powerful then Europe had, and that they were just as artistic and that they had great technological advancements. It also deserves remembrance because Abd el-Kader was willing to stand up to someone whose army was bigger, better trained, better equipped, better supplied, and had more experience then him. Plus that was only after he was able to unify a fractured society, with no head of the government until he took charge, and that had caused many tribes to rebel, or disobey him. Another thing that his legacy shows is that to achieve success, we must not simply be strong, but moral authority is also necessary as well, due to the fact that no one would want a horrible person to rule them. Yet another reason is that while he was in his exile he proved that people of different religions, who spoke different langauges, were raised differently, and believed in completely different things can be friends, and can live near each other, which at the time was very unusual. The sixth and final reason is that he showed that if you always try your hardest like Abd el-Kader always did, and that is why he was able to challenge the French and, if you try your hardest, you will always be able to challenge those better then you at anything even if they are better at everything.
Abd el-Kader's story teaches us all many things that we can use in our everyday life to become better people. There are five specific examples, one of them being how he was still completely generous despite right before being captured, having very little left to give, and he still didn't hesitate to give more. This should encourage us to give a little, it doesn't have to be money, it could be time, or talent, you could just help someone like he always did. Abd el-Kader also taught people that a good leader should always be kind, generous, and morally strong, but also firm and willing to punish if necessary. An example would be when he was punishing the Zouatna, and when he could have completely destroyed them for disobeying him, but he listened to his friend and his brother and found a peaceful solution, one that still punished the people. That showed that he was kind in that he didn't kill them, but willing to punish...

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