Algiers 1 University

University of Algiers – Benyoucef Benkhedda
جامعة الجزائر – بن يوسف بن خـدة
Seal of the University of Algiers
Established1909; 112 years ago (1909)
PresidentAli Abubaha

The University of Algiers Benyoucef Benkhedda (Arabic:جامعة الجزائر – بن يوسف بن خـدة ) is a university located in Algiers, Algeria. It was founded in 1909 and is organized into seven faculties.[1][2][3]


On 7 June 1962 – just a month ahead of the Algerian independence referendum – the Organisation Armée Secrète (OAS), the movement of colonists opposing Algerian independence, set fire to the library building, destroying 500,000 books.[4] The destruction of these books was seen as a scorched earth tactic across the Arab world. The effect on other countries in the region can be seen through commemorative stamps. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Algeria itself introduced stamps depicting either the burning of a book, or of the library itself. It showed the savagery of the anti-independence movement would extend to removing and indeed destroying culture so long as Algeria intended to create its own national culture.[5]


The library holds 800,000 volumes.[6]


See also


  1. ^ "University of Algiers/Benyoucef Benkhedda". enstructive.com. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  2. ^ "University of Algiers – Benyoucef Benkhedda". africanseer.com. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  3. ^ "University of Algiers". mediahex.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  4. ^ n incendie criminel ravage l’universite, plusieurs autres batiments publics sont de ́truit’, LeMonde(9 June 1962)
  5. ^ Fleury, Georges. The Secret History of the Organisation De l'Armée Secrète Grasset, 2002.
  6. ^ "Libraries and museums – Algeria". Encyclopedia of the Nations. 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.

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Coordinates: 36°46′15″N 3°03′20″E / 36.77083°N 3.05556°E / 36.77083; 3.05556

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