Teaching Guides and Curricula


Islamic Networks Group

Five lesson plans with digital presentations, discussion and test questions, with links to educational resources.

AEP Teaching Guide for ING

Emir Abdelkader: A Muslim Hero for our Time

  1. 1. Lesson One: Abd el-Kader’s Formative Years
  2. 2. Lesson Two: Commander of the Faithful
  3. 3. Lesson Three: Captivity in France
  4. 4. Lesson Four: Faith in Action
  5. 5. Lesson Five: Abd el-Kader’s Legacy


Harvard Pluralism Project

Case Study Program

A lively historical narrative of Muslims in Iowa, entitled “Portrait of Cedar Rapids and America’s Mother Mosque.” This is paired with three case studies. The first is on Abdelkader plus two contemporary stories that serve as companion pieces.

Teaching Guide

Case Studies:

  1. 1. Rumors in Damascus: Emir Abdelkader and Ethical Leadership
  2. 2. A Young Imam (A) / A Young Imam (B)
  3. 3. The House on 6th Street (A) / The House on 6th Street (B)


Foundations of Civil Society:

Exploring Cultural and Religious Diversity

Abdelkader-Inspired Lessons

A rich assortment of curricula, designed by Iowa educators, includes tasks, activities, resources, and assessments on Abdelkader-related themes for our time.
Teaching Guide

The Abdelkader Stage Project

Thirteen theatre vignettes depicting a rich array of characters beginning in 1808 in the Ottoman Regency of Algiers, to France and Damascus, to current day Elkader, Iowa, USA.
Teaching Guide

Embodying the Nation:

George Washington, Abdelkader, and Gandhi

Document-Based Questions (DBQ) curriculum using historical primary sources, news articles, letters, essays.
Teaching Guide

Library of Congress (LOC)

Abdelkader-related Primary Sources
Teaching Guide

“Making Connections” in the spirit of Abdelkader

  1. 1. 3-minute video clips from the award-winning “Secret Life of Muslims” series by Seftel Productions;
  2. 2. Four biographical sketches adapted from One Islam, Many Muslim Worlds by Raymond William Baker (Oxford, 2015)
  3. 3. WISEUP! Daisy Khan
  4. 4. I Am Your Protector

Teaching Guide

Link to Bibliography


For Inquiries about Abdelkader Education Resources, please contact:

Tamar H. Miller MSW, MPA

Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations Merrimack College, North Andover, MA

Email: millert@merrimack.edu