What’s in a Name? The AEP Story

The Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) promotes cultural literacy, civility and respectful engagement between all people. Our inspiration draws on Emir Abdelkader’s courage, integrity, intellect, humility and compassion – values that transcend 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