A brilliant military strategist, superb horseman, statesman, philosopher, Muslim hero . . . 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.
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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
Foreword: Abd el-Kader: What Makes a Hero? Barbara Petzen ix
Prologue: Algeria, December 1847 1
Chapter 1 Barbary Pirates and French Adventures 3
Chapter 2 An Unlikely Leader Emerges 10
Chapter 3 The Emirs Strategy 19
Chapter 4 Abd el-Kader s Vision for His People 28
Chapter 5 Frenchmen in the Emir's Life 37
Chapter 6 War of Total Conquest 45
Chapter 7 The Devastating Tides of War 57
Chapter 8 Promises Kept and Broken 65
Chapter 9 The Imprisoned Celebrity 77
Chapter 10 Freedom and a New Life in Exile 89
Chapter 11 Madness in Damascus 103
Chapter 12 Abd el-Kader s Vision for the World 119
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