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Commander of the Faithful

Commander of the Faithful

The Life and Times of Emir Abd El-Kader

by John W. Kiser

"Abd el-Kader's legacy transcends the bounds of both time and age, discovering the 19th Century scholar-priest-warrior as the perfect elixir for the contemporary West's chronic difficulties understanding the East."

—Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Author of What is Right about Islam

True Jihad Is True for Everyone

True Jihad Is True for Everyone

By Patton Dodd

John Kiser explains how a nineteenth-century Muslim warrior inspired people around the world.

Why a Book About an Obscure Arab Hero?

Why a Book About an Obscure Arab Hero?

By John W. Kiser

Upon his death in 1883, the New York Times hailed Abd el-Kader as "one of the few great men of the century."

Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt

By John W. Kiser

After 9/11, a "good Arab," or a "good Muslim" story seemed more than ever worth retelling in a world being rapidly polarized.

About the Author

About the Author

By John W. Kiser

Indirectly, my books are about the role of faith, or its absence, in guiding and sustaining people in desperate times.

Praise for Commander of the Faithful

Praise for Commander of the Faithful

By Monkfish Press

Imam Abdul Rauf, David McAllister-Wilson and Daisy Khan reflect on the relevance of John Kiser's book for today.

Why a 19th Century Muslim Warrior is a Man for Our Times

Why a 19th Century Muslim Warrior is a Man for Our Times

By John W. Kiser

Abd el-Kader was a celebrated Muslim hero in his day, and can be in ours.

The Abdelkader Project

The Abdelkader Project

 

Learn more about the Iowa-based project to revive the legacy of Emir Abdelkader.

Connect with the Author

Connect with the Author

 

Read more about John Kiser's books and work at his website.

Book Club Roundtable

Emir Abd el-Kader: Really A Role Model for Today?

Emir Abd el-Kader: Really A Role Model for Today?

By Sam Alexander

What is needed now is leaders who can see beyond the us versus them to a worldcentric worldview.

Biography as Theology

Biography as Theology

By Carl Gregg

Abd el-Kader is a prime example of how tragic it is that the first Muslim that comes to far too many Christian’s minds is Osama bin Laden.

God is That But Also More

God is That But Also More

By Daniel Harrell

As a Christian, can't I affirm truth that is in Islam even if I do not affirm all that Islam teaches?

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