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A Little Town in Iowa,A Statue in Geneva, and The Meaning of Jihad

A Little Town in Iowa,A Statue in Geneva, and The Meaning of Jihad

How did the little town of Elkader, Iowa, get named after a Muslim emir famous for principled resistance to French colonialism in North Africa? Why does his statue stand in the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland? How did he help inspire the creation of the Geneva Code of Conduct? What can his life tell us about the deeper meanings of that much-misunderstood word, jihad? The emir is the subject of a biography by John Kiser, Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader, A Story of True Jihad. Now, on Sunday, January 27, the emir and jihad will be the subjects of an event at the Interfaith Institute of the Islamic Center of Long Island. About the Emir:

For a summary of the emir’s life and significance, presented by his biographer, John Kiser, visit this link from the website of the Abd el-Kader Education Project:

http://www.abdelkaderproject.org/about-emir-abdelkader/

Moderator : Sahar Hussain, director of the Hamza Academy in Valley Stream and member of the board of directors of the Interfaith Institute.

Speakers: Mufti Mohammad Farhan, PhD, executive director of the Islamic Center of Long Island.

Daisy Khan, founder and executive director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE). At a Washington conference in September, she gave a presentation called “Abd el-Kader as Role Model at Home and Abroad.”

Where : Islamic Center of Long Island, 835 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury

When : Sunday, January 27, 2:15 PM—4:30 PM.



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