AEP is sponsoring special monetary awards for teachers as part of Iowa National History Day and invite individual educators or a team of teachers to adapt AEP’s educational resources for their classrooms.
AEP is sponsoring special monetary awards for students as part of Iowa National History Day and invite students to learn about the Middle East and Islamic culture through the legacy of humanitarian Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883), a teacher for the world.
Expand your knowledge of the Emir by participating in the Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize contest for the chance to win a scholarship!
Looking to change up your curriculum? Our free materials are available for use by educators in their classrooms.
The Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) was inspired by its namesake, Emir Abd el Kader. AEP began in 2009 as an organization committed to cultural literacy, civility and respectful engagement between all people through education and outreach drawing on Emir Abdelkader’s life story and value that transcend culture and faith traditions.
"Emir Abdelkader's strong moral character has had the most effect on my life. Reading about his life has helped me come to see Muslims in a whole new light, and I only wish that I could show others my new perspective as well."
— Bob Spielbauer
2011 Elkader High School essay winner
"Abdelkader's jihad provides Muslims with a much needed antidote to the toxic false jihads of today dominated by anger, violence and politics."
— Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
"The Abdelkader Education Project provides opportunities for people across this globe to engage in the important and urgent work of building civility, enhancing cultural and religious literacy, and fostering mutual understanding among peoples. In a deeply divided world, the witness of Emir Abdelkader, who was a bridge-builder, is exemplary."
— Kathryn Lohre
Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive, Ecumencal and Inter-Religious Relations, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago IL