The Life and Times of Emir Abd El-Kader of Algeria
A lecture, discussion and book signing over light North African food
Speaker: John Kiser, author of the new book: Algeria’s Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd El-Kader (1808-1883) of the Faithful
Location: 3307 M St., NW, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Date and time: Wednesday March 4, 2009, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
RSVP: Free and open to the public.
John Kiser’s “dazzling” and “beautifully written” work on Algeria’s Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd El-Kader (1808-1883) portrays the Emir and the relevance of his Emir’s life and his struggles to our time. At his death in 1883, the New York Times hailed Abd El-Kader as “one of the few great men of the century.” A town was named after him in Iowa, and Abraham Lincoln sent him a gift of munitions. Kiser is an acclaimed writer and author of the 2006 French Siloe Prize winning The Monks of Tibhirine who asks big questions about religion, faith, humanity, courage, compassion, and intellect and comes up with interesting, often unexpected answers. Praise from Imam Feisal, Abdul Rauf, author of What is Right about Islam, describes the book as “the perfect elixir for the contemporary West’s chronic difficulties with understanding the East,” and Prince Hassan binTalal of Jordan raves that the book and the Emir’s life provide “Muslims with a much-needed antidote to the toxic false jihads of today, dominated by anger, violence, and politics.” Kiser writes from his home on a farm in Sperryville, Virginia.
The Maghreb Center is an independent, Washington DC based non-profit created to increase understanding of the Maghreb in the United States. In accomplishing its educational mission, the Center organizes Maghreb-related conferences, seminars, lectures, and roundtables and offers a series of publicly available publications. The Center sponsors numerous programs open to the public featuring U.S. and regional experts, development practitioners, foreign policy specialists, and representatives of Maghrebi governments and civil society. The Maghreb Center speaker series has been made possible with the support of the Moroccan American Cultural Center.