Small American Town, Big Algerian Legacy — Written and photographed by Brian Clark on Aramco World com |He saved Thousands of Christians from Massacre

UNTIL LAST YEAR, 17-YEAR-OLD VICTORIA MILLER ADMITS SHE WOULD HAVE HAD TO SEARCH ONLINE TO LEARN WHERE ALGERIA IS, LET ALONE DESCRIBE THE EXPLOITS OF ONE OF ITS MOST FAMOUS HEROES.

Abd el-Kader's name lives on in Elkader, Iowa, pop. 1,300, the only US town named after an Arab.

Abd el-Kader’s name lives on in Elkader, Iowa, pop. 1,300,  the only US town named after an Arab. PICTORIAL PRESS / ALAMY

“I was really taken by Amir Abd el-Kader’s character and how he handled the multiple challenges he faced, including when some of his own people didn’t believe in him,” says Miller, who lives in the northeastern Iowa town of Decorah. On September 19 she was recognized as one of seven winning essayists in the 2016 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize.


After reading diplomat John W. Kiser’s biography, Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (Monkfish, 2008), for a class in human geography at Decorah High School, Miller now says she regards him as an international role model. Her new understandings, she adds, help her feel more comfortable talking to Muslims.

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Abdelkader Education Project co-founder and executive director Kathy Garms

ABDELKADER EDUCATION PROJECT

Abdelkader Education Project co-founder and executive director Kathy Garms opened the group’s seventh annual forum on September 19 in Cedar Rapids. Students competed for scholar-ships in the Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize, and educators explored the legacy of Algerian freedom fighter and peacemaker Amir (Prince) Abd el-Kader.

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VICTORIA MILLER

Victoria Miller,Iowa High School Division Winner

“Abd el-Kader’s legacy deserves to be remembered along with Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s,” Miller enthuses, “because they were all pursuing the same dream: to reach peace.”  

Read  full and view more on: Aramco World com

See also: http://www.abdelkaderproject.org/

Why the Iowa City Named After a Muslim Hero Matters Today

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“Make America great again!” Mr. Trump says as he campaigns across the United States, selling fear and walking all over thousands of Arab and Muslim Americans whose courage, innovations, and contributions are part of the reason America is already great.

It’s an honor to be an Algerian-American living in a nation whose fabric is stitched with inspiring and lasting contributions from fellow Algerians of past, present, and, God willing, future generations.

Read more on: http://www.atlantamuslim.com/2015/dec/24/why-iowa-city-named/

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