Muslim Footprints in Iowa: The Story of Emir Abdelkader

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012 at 6:00 pm
Location:Oak Roam, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
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Phone:515-294-9934
Channel:Lectures Program
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How did a town in northeast Iowa - Elkader - come to be named after Emir Abdelkader in 1846? John Kiser, author of "Commander of the Faithful ... The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader: A Story of True Jihad," will discuss the relevance of this warrior and scholar for today.

John Kiser is also the author of "Communist Entrepreneurs," "Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy," "Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Mani," and "The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria," the latter of which won the 2006 French Siloe Prize for best book on a humanistic topic and was the basis for the 2010 Cannes award-winning film, "Of Gods and Men." Kiser has an M.A. from Columbia University in European History and MBA from the University of Chicago. He spent fifteen years as president of Kiser Research and working as an international technology broker before turning to research and writing.