AEP News – January 2014


In the News:

ARABIC TRANSLATION “The United States Embassy in Algiers is pleased to announce it is funding a translation of John Kiser’s Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader into Arabic. By translating it into Arabic, the book will be accessible to the people of Abdelkader’s home, and to the broader region. The Embassy in Algiers is pleased to broaden the reach of this important work and to use the book and its moving story to build important bridges between the people of Algeria and the United States.” – U.S. Embassy Statement

ABDELKADER GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PRIZE – ESSAY CONTESTS Monetary scholarship opportunities are available to students at U.S. high schools and colleges. Exchange students are welcome. Essays are due March 15, 2014. See Details at

“ART, ETHICS AND THE EMIR” The 5th annual AEP Forum honored 2012-2013 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize essay winners with scholarship awards and featured American, European, and North African presenters who discussed Abdelkader’s legacy of ethical leadership and moral courage. READ MORE

EMIR ABDELKADER PIONEERS INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CONDUCT The “Emir Abdelkader and International Humanitarian Law” Conference in Algiers revolved around Abdelkader’s contribution to modern humanitarian law and was sponsored by Algeria’s Ministries of Defense and Justice along with the Emir Abdelkader Foundation and International Committee for the Red Cross. Participants were from Algeria, Morocco, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. READ MORE

HARVARD PLURALISM PROJECT A case study entitled “Ethical Leadership – Emir Abd el-Kader” has been completed. The eight-page case is available and includes stories in historical context, ethical and religious leadership challenges, and guiding questions for teachers in high schools, colleges, graduate schools or seminaries. READ MORE

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA POST-DOCTORAL ABDELKADER FELLOWSHIP UVA’s Center for Advanced Studies in Culture selected its first Abdelkader Memorial Leadership Scholarship recipient, Jeffrey Guhin, a Yale graduate. Jeff’s research is a comparison of catholic school and madrassa pedagogies. READ MORE

THE MARINE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION HAS ESTABLISHED AN ENDOWED ABDELKADER LEADERSHIP SCHOLAR for college age children of Marines who meet family income and grade criteria. Recruits at the Marine Corps University also study Abdelkader’s military campaigns and conduct on the battlefield.

ABDELKADER INTERACTIVE CURRICULUM NEARS COMPLETION Islamic Networks Group (ING) in San Jose, California, will soon launch online lesson plans about Abdelkader’s life. The interactive curriculum will trace his life and leadership, both of which provide a model for inter-cultural and interfaith interaction for today’s world.


What draws together a rural community in America’s heartland and the second largest city in France? The answer is “an admired Muslim hero.” As a courageous humanitarian and ethical leader, Emir Abdelkader brought the east and west together in the 19th century. Today, his legacy continues to hold a valuable message as proclaimed by a multitude of presenters from USA, Pakistan, and across Europe and North Africa. More about the Festival can soon be discovered at
 ESSAY CONTESTS EXPAND TO FRANCE Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize essay contests were introduced to students in France during October in collaboration with the Abdelkader Education Project.

EMERGING RELATIONSHIP – NYU CENTER FOR ACADEMIC & SPIRITUAL LIFE “Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader” by John Kiser, is so compelling, interesting, important, and original in its subject matter and approach. I would really like our students to be exposed to this book and to participate in the essay contest,” commented Yael L. Shy, Director, External Relations, Of Many Institute for Multi-faith Leadership; Co-Director, Center for Spiritual Life; Founder and Director, The Mindfulness Project, New York University.

MORE BOOKS ABOUT EMIR ABDELKADER John Kiser’s Commander of the Faithful…The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader inspired young adult writer Elsa Marston to write the award-winning The Compassionate Warrior (World Wisdom, 2013). Ahmed Bouyerdene’s book Emir Abdelkader, Hero and Saint of Islam (World Wisdom, 2012) is now in English.

IOWA LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND An audio tape of John Kiser’s biography Commander of the Faithful…The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883) is available at the Iowa Library for the Blind.


Iowa Council for Social Studies Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Talented and Gifted Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa School Counselor Association Conference, Des Moines, Iowa
National Council for Social Studies, St. Louis, Missouri


6th Annual

Saturday – May 3rd, 2014
Elkader, Iowa USA

Everyone is welcome!


WAYS TO SUPPORT THE ABDELKADER EDUCATION PROJECT Sponsoring Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize essay contests and other programs demonstrates your commitment to enhancing global education for teachers and students in addition to providing vital global perspectives for social and political leaders around the world. Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders and investing in their education is crucial for a better understanding of our global society.
Contact Kathy Garms at for more information.

Abdelkader Education Project (AEP, Inc.) is a non-profit organization that endeavors to broaden global perspectives about the Middle East and Islamic culture through the legacy of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883). His life story inspires cultural literacy, civility, tolerance, and understanding while exploring models of ethical leadership, moral courage and humanitarian conduct. With roots in Elkader, Iowa, the AEP is a citizen diplomacy initiative with the belief that all citizens have a vital role to play in global citizen diplomacy. Learn more


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Contact:  Kathy Garms, Project Director, at

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