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Commander of the Faithful
Commander of the Faithful

Commander of the Faithful

The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader: A Story of True Jihad


384 Pages, 5.99 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: September 2015

ISBN 9781901383317

Rights: US & CA

Archetype (Sep 2015)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


Commaner of the Faithful is both a biography of Emir Abd el-Kader and a history of the resistance he led to the French colonization of Algeria in the mid 1800s. President Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX, Sir Richard Burton, and French prisoners sang his praises. When Abd el-Kader died in 1883, The New York Times hailed him as ‘one of the few great men of the century’. The warrior-saint had won the heart of the French nation, his sworn enemy and the invader of his Algerian homeland. He reached the summit of his fame after he saved the lives of thousands of Christians during a Turkish campaign in Damascus. Elkader, a town in Iowa, is named after him.

Author Biography

John Kiser is the author of the award-winning (French Siloe Prize) The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria (2003) which was subsequently made into the acclaimed film Of Monks and Men; Communist Entrepreneurs, Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy; and Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man. A former international technology broker, he has an MA from Columbia University in European History and an MBA from the University of Chicago. His articles have appeared in Foreign Policy Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He lives in Sperryville, Virginia.