2018 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize essay winners will be announced soon!

In His Own Words: Past student essay winner Benjamin Bernatz states, “Learning about Emir Abdelkader… is a rare opportunity for students. The Emir led an exhilarating life that will entertain and inform all who learn about it. His principles are not only excellent standing alone, but can be of great use in understanding the vast and complex religion of Islam today.” Emir Abdelkader was an ethical and moral leader. His medals of honor were awarded to him from global leaders.


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 transcends culture and faith traditions.


  • "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