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Abdelkader Global Citizenship Essay Contest

Abdelkader Education Project


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The Abdelkader Global Citizenship Essay Contest is available to high school students. To be considered for this award, you must submit a 1,000 - 1,200-word essay on the following topic: "Reflect on Emir Abdelkader’s life of complexity and address how you feel he exhibited global citizenship during his life. Elaborate on one lesson you learned from the Emir’s character that could be applied to an aspect of local or global affairs today." Emir Abdelkader was an Islamic scholar from Algeria who resisted French colonialism in the mid-19th century. His commitment to human rights won him global admiration from the likes of President James Buchanan, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX, Tsar Alexander II, and the presidents of France, Greece, and Turkey.

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