The Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader
of Algeria" by award-winning children's author Elsa Marston is the 184 page biography of a 19th Century leader, an Arab hero who led the fight in Algeria against opposing French forces.
Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader, A Story of True Jihad, by John W.
A 19th century Arab who has a town in rural Iowa named after him; a man who received written thanks from Abraham Lincoln; a man who was nominated for the position of President of France: Abd el-Kader was truly an amazing man.
It's a timely biography, too, as Abd el-Kader also stands as one of the first modern Arab leaders to use the call to jihad to fight off Western imperialism with views of a wider pan-Islamism.
Abd el-Kader, Kiser tells us, was born into a family of holy men--marabouts of the Qadirriyah Sufi order--in rural Algeria.
As a tribal leader anda Muslim, Abd el-Kader felt it a religious duty to fight against foreign and Christian domination.
For some years, Abd el-Kader was successful in holding off French encroachment into the Algerian countryside.
Abd el-Kader had to contend with enemies he understood, but who were undercut by their superiors in the capital.