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Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd by John W. Kiser

By John W. Kiser

"A dramatic tale . . . any variety of episodes may well motivate novels . . . very unlikely to learn with out taking into account extra present events."—The long island Times

"A beneficial and well timed reminder . . . of that infrequent determine: a bridge among East and West."—Times Literary Supplement

This well-researched and compelling biography of the Muslim warrior-saint who led the Algerian resistance to French colonization within the mid-nineteenth century sheds gentle on present US involvement with an international Islam. the main recognized "jihadist" of his time, Abd el-Kader was once recognized both for his army brilliance and his ethical authority. His long island instances obituary referred to as him "one of the few nice males of the century."

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Abd el-Kader was impressed by the viceroy’s readiness to listen rather than talk. Mehmet Ali wanted to know Muhi al-Din’s views on many different subjects: his impression of Egypt and the other territories they had passed through, his opinion of the Sultan of Morocco, the attitudes of the people of the Maghreb toward the Sublime Porte and his ideas about the intentions of the European powers. Years later, Abd el-Kader remembered Mehmet Ali’s warning to his father. The English and the French wanted to divide up the Arab world.

All three protested Muhi al-Din’s decision two years later to continue Abd el-Kader’s education by taking him on a pilgrimage to Mecca and beyond: Si Kader was too young; it was too dangerous; he would be gone for two years; he had been married only two years; his older brothers should go first. One can imagine Muhi al-Din respectfully listening to their arguments, yet knowing they were wrong. The educa23 C o m m a n d e r o f t h e Fa i t h f u l tion of Abd el-Kader would be incomplete without visiting the great centers of learning in the East.

Fifteen cows and eighty sheep were slaughtered for their homecoming. From around the beylik, streams of people flowed toward Guetna to pay their respects to their beloved marabout. The douads came mounted on magnificent horses, followed by their retinues of slaves and servants. Marabouts and the simple people rode mules and donkeys. The poorest walked. For weeks they came, so many that even the hospitable Muhi al-Din grew embarrassed by the cost of the exuberant welcome-home party. But tradition wouldn’t allow him to stop the visits until he had received all the chieftains who wanted to pay their respects.

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