The Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize invites students to explore a 19th century historical figure, Emir Abdelkader, who lived, studied, travelled, and fought in what is now North Africa, France, and the Middle East. Abdelkader’s life story serves as a model of ethical leadership and humanitarian values that continue to inspire us. While exploring Abdelkader’s scholarship, religious commitments, and military ethics, students learn about the values and practices of Islam. The Abdelkader essay and poster contests are part of a global effort to revive Abdelkader’s legacy in ways that both counter stereotypes and inspire courageous moral behavior today.
In The News
Study Today’s Heroes, Become Tomorrow’s Champions – AtlantaMuslim.com – October 10, 2017
As a frequenter of conferences, I can confidently say that not many possess the breadth of knowledge and inspiration of Abdelkader Education Project’s (AEP) 2017 Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Read More
Elkader Iowa Inspires Project That Builds Bridges and Cultural Understanding – Northeastern Iowa Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – September 21, 2017
You wouldn’t think of Elkader, Iowa as a center for fostering interfaith dialogue and a better understanding of Islam.Read More
MISSION AND VALUES
Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) promotes cultural literacy, civility and respectful engagement between all people through education and outreach. Our inspiration draws on Emir Abdelkader’s life story and values – courage, integrity, intellect, humility and compassion – that transends culture and faith traditions.