Are you looking for material to teach your students about Muslims?
Do you want to use sources beyond the latest news cycle?
Are you an AP History teacher? Do you teach geography, social studies, biographies?
Perhaps you are searching for theatrical material for middle and high schoolers; or for curricula fitting military personnel and diplomats.
Here’s the short story:
Abdelkader is a 19th century icon of religious and ethical leadership. As a seeker of knowledge, a scholar, warrior, statesman, and devout Muslim who fought for the dignity of his people against the French colonial occupation of Algiers, Abdelkader is considered Algeria’s George Washington, seen as a moral leader on a par with Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela. Abdelkader was an Islamic Sufi scholar who unexpectedly found himself leading a military campaign, as he gathered groups of disparate tribesmen, who for 17 years, held out against the formidable French colonial army.
Abdelkader is credited as a precursor to the Geneva Convention on Human Rights. His bust is displayed in the foyer of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Geneva. In 1860, while he was in exile from his homeland, he drew global admiration and honors for his conduct in battle and for a crucial intervention to save the Christian community of Damascus from a massacre. Newspaper accounts of his valor and chivalry won him admiration as far as the American Midwest, where a new settlement was named in his honor; today, Elkader, Iowa.
AEP commissioned and adapted educational materials — theatre vignettes, primary sources, and digital presentations — suitable for middle school through university classrooms, including in religious and military educational institutions.
AEP invites teachers and faculty to adapt and use these teaching guides and curricular resources that we have been developing with educational partners, such as the Islamic Networks Group and Harvard Pluralism Project.
Contests / Prizes
Since 2009, AEP has held the Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize for high school and college students across the U.S., awarding over 60 student prizes.
In 2019, we piloted the Abdelkader Prize for Educators for middle and high school teachers; and college or university faculty.
We invite you to explore Abdelkader-inspired curricula and opportunities for educator and student competitions.
Because curricula are from a variety of sources, lessons are not in the same format, standards, or
procedures. They all are open source and adaptable. We are available to assist. Please contact:
Tamar H. Miller MSW, MPA
Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations
Merrimack College, North Andover, MA