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Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader Paperback – September 28, 2010
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I am grateful for this book and the insights I have gleaned from it. Whether you are a history buff, religious scholar, or a person looking for great leadership examples, I am sure Commander of the Faithful will prove to be a wonderful read and heart warming story.
Abd el-Kader was raised in the tolerant religious tradition of Islamic Sufism, and his duties and obligations as a religious scholar and leader were paramount during his military campaigns and later on during his exile in France and ultimately in Damascus. A clear distinction is visible between Abd el-Kader's worldview and that of the stereotypical Islamic scholar of today. Kiser treats his subject with respect - respect that often borders on adulation, but the treatment of the French is also gentle. Despite being colonizers (some contemplating the Native American solution to Algeria), many of them are depicted as wanting to do the right thing.
Definitely worth reading.
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