The Compassionate Warrior Abd El-Kader of Algeria by Elsa Marston, Barbara Petzon


The Compassionate Warrior Abd El-Kader of Algeria by Elsa Marston, Barbara Petzon

A brilliant military strategist, superb horseman, statesman, philosopher, Muslim saint ...Emir Abdel Kader (1808-1883) was an international celebrity in his own time, known for his generosity and kindness even towards enemies. Today he is recognized as one of the noblest leaders of the 19th century and a pioneer in interfaith dialogue. This fascinating biography of the heroic Arab who led the resistance to the French conquest of Algeria, endured betrayal and imprisonment, and in 1860, in Syria, saved thousands of innocent people from mob violence brings a vital message for our times.


Today the Christian world unites to honor in the dethroned Prince of Islam [Abd el-Kader], the most unselfish of knightly warriors, risking limb and life to rescue his ancient foes, his conquerors and the conquerors of his race and his religion, from outrage and from death. The New York Times The most redoubtable adversary that France encountered on African soil, the man who for sixteen years of heroic battles fought for his faith and for the independence of his country, Abd el-Kader is, unquestionably, the most important personage that has arisen in the last century among the Muslim populations. Le Figaro Such is the history of the man for whom our town is named. A scholar, a philosopher, a lover of liberty; a champion of his religion, a born leader of men, a great soldier, a capable administrator, a persuasive orator, a chivalrous opponent; the selection was well made, and with those pioneers of seventy years ago, we do honor the Shaykh. -- Elkader High School, Elkader, Iowa, class of 1915

About the Author

Elsa Marston is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She grew up in Boston, and from a young age was fascinated with the stories of ancient Egypt and the Middle East. She attended Harvard, the American University of Beirut, and Indiana University. She lives in Bloomington, IN.

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184 pages
Interest Age: From 13 from 13 to 18 To 18


Elsa Marston, Barbara Petzon
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Publication date

1st June 2013



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