The Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader of Algeria

The Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader of Algeria


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937786106
Publisher: Tradeselect
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 585,832
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Map viii

Foreword: Abd el-Kader: What Makes a Hero? Barbara Petzen ix

Preface xi

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

Epilogue: Algeria After Abd el-Kader 135

Notes 143

Timeline 147

Glossary 151

Selected Bibliography 155

Biographical Notes 157

Index 159

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