2018 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize – ESSAY WINNERS

 

“Writing and researching about Emir Abdelkader has fundamentally altered the way I look at the world. I’ve learned the value of compassion and acceptance.”
ANIMESH JOSHI
1ST PLACE, HIGH SCHOOL
VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA

“Abd El Kader taught us that even if someone does not share the same beliefs, origin, religion, language or homeland as you, they are still worth fighting for.”
SHAWDI SANI
2nd PLACE, HIGH SCHOOL
CANYON CREST ACADEMY
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

“We cannot have him physically with us, educating and changing how we view the Middle East and Muslims, but we can, simply by knowing about him, begin to shape our worldview in profound ways.”
MICHELLE PEREZ
1ST PLACE, COLLEGE
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY

“The overall impression his story had on me is to actively pursue knowledge, respect all people and make attempts to truly understand those whom you interact with.”
JAKE VIRGILI
2ND PLACE, COLLEGE
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY

Testimonials


  • "Emir Abdelkader's strong moral character has had the most effect on my life. Reading about his life has helped me come to see Muslims in a whole new light, and I only wish that I could show others my new perspective as well."

    -- Bob Spielbauer, 2011 Elkader High School essay winner

  • "Abdelkader's jihad provides Muslims with a much needed antidote to the toxic false jihads of today dominated by anger, violence and politics."

    -- Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan (2009)

  • "The Abdelkader Education Project provides opportunities for people across this globe to engage in the important and urgent work of building civility, enhancing cultural and religious literacy, and fostering mutual understanding among peoples. In a deeply divided world, the witness of Emir Abdelkader, who was a bridge-builder, is exemplary."

    -- Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive, Ecumencal and Inter-Religious Relations, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago IL