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Contact Tamar H. Miller MSW, MPA

Islamic Networks Group

Five lesson plans with digital presentations, discussion and test questions, with links to educational resources.

Harvard Pluralism Project

Case Study Program

A lively historical narrative of Muslims in Iowa, entitled “Portrait of Cedar Rapids and America’s Mother Mosque.” This is paired with three case studies. The first is on Abdelkader plus two contemporary stories that serve as companion pieces.

Foundations of Civil Society:

Exploring Cultural and Religious Diversity

Abdelkader-Inspired Lessons

A rich assortment of curricula, designed by Iowa educators, includes tasks, activities, resources, and assessments on Abdelkader-related themes for our time.

The Abdelkader Stage Project

Thirteen theatre vignettes depicting a rich array of characters beginning in 1808 in the Ottoman Regency of Algiers, to France and Damascus, to current day Elkader, Iowa, USA.

Embodying the Nation:

George Washington, Abdelkader, and Gandhi

Document-Based Questions (DBQ) curriculum using historical primary sources, news articles, letters, essays.

Library of Congress (LOC)

Abdelkader-related Primary Sources

“Making Connections” in the spirit of Abdelkader

  1. 3-minute video clips from the award-winning “Secret Life of Muslims” series by Seftel Productions;
  2. Four biographical sketches adapted from One Islam, Many Muslim Worlds by Raymond William Baker (Oxford, 2015)
  3. WISEUP! Daisy Khan
  4. I Am Your Protector

AP World History

By Jennifer Sayed

Overview & Lesson One: Coming of Age
  1. Lesson One: Warm Up
  2. Lesson One: Activity
  3. Lesson One: Assessment
Lesson Two: Ethical Leadership
  1. Lesson Two: Warm-up
  2. Lesson Two: Activity
  3. Lesson Two: Assessment
Lesson Three: ‘Protector’ and Human Rights Protector
  1. Lesson Three: Group Activity
  2. Lesson Three: Activity
  3. Lesson Three: Assessment


Kiser, John W. Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883), A Story of True Jihad, Monkfish Book Publishing Co., 2008

Elsa Marston adopted Kiser’s book for middle and high school students, entitled The Compassionate Warrior: Abdelkader of Algeria published by Wisdom Tales, 2013.

Khan, Daisy WISEUP, Knowledge Ends Extremism

Other Selected Readings

Bouyerdene, Ahmed. Emir Abdelkader: Hero and Saint of Islam. World Wisdom, 2012.

Churchill, Charles-Henry. The Life of Abd el Kader, ex Sultan of the Arabs of Algeria. Chapman Hall, 1867.

Danziger, Raphael. Abd al-Qadir and the Algerians. Holmes and Meier, 1977.

DeTocqueville, Alexis. Writings on Empire and Slavery (translated by Jennifer Pitts) Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Kiser, John W. The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria. St. Martins Press, 2003

Kiser, John W. Lessons From An Arab Warrior

Hourani, Albert. Islam in European Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Johnston, Douglas, Religion Terror and Error: American Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2011.

Nasr, Hossein. Man and Nature, The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man. Chicago: ABC International Group Inc, 1997.