Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Memoirs of a Mujaheed

Mon, May 3, 2010 | Texas Union Texas Governors' Room (3.116)

2:00 AM

A lecture by
Hamou Amirouche, author
Akfadou: Un An Avec le Colonel Amirouche


Hamou Amirouche discusses his recently published memoirs and his career as a freedom fighter for Algerian independence from France (1954-62). The book is an indictment of the French occupation of Algeria and the injustices of colonial rule, as they were experienced by a young man who became a mujaheed at the age of 18. But Amirouche’s book is also an indictment of those who subsequently confiscated the Revolution to lead a corrupt and undemocratic Algerian state. It provides an important rethinking of Algeria’s ongoing political violence--an Islamist-led revolt begun
in 1992, or the “new Algerian war.” The book’s nuanced and frank commentary has prompted a sharp debate in Algeria and beyond on the legacies of the Revolution.

Hamou Amirouche has been a visiting professor at California State University, San Marcos; Mesa College; and Foundation College; a visiting scholar at Harvard University; and an official in the Algerian Government. In addition to his memoirs, he is the author of numerous articles and op-eds commenting on contemporary Algerian politics.

Sponsored by: the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of History

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