Abdel Kader Essay Contest


1st place ($1,500)

Fatima Tayebi
Wayne State University

“Emir Abdelkader has given me hope that we can once again prove to the world that Islam is not about violence and bloodshed, rather it is based on the peace and universal morals that he practiced throughout his life.”

2nd place $1,000

Mandy Conrad
University of Iowa

“The Emir’s struggle to exemplify Islamic principles not only impacted the lives of fellow Muslims, but also impacted global warfare tactics…His diplomacy was used as an instrument to reverse destruction and was also used as a blueprint for inter-religious negotiations.”


1st place ($1,000)

James Wendt
Naperville, IL

“Beyond the inspirational nature of his actions, Abdelkader’s tenants should function as a blueprint for human interactions. Abdelkader was a revolutionary. His transcendent and progressive views about religion, about human rights, and about where the two converge still inspire.”

2nd place Jonathan ($500)

Trevor G. Browne HS, Phoenix, AZ – $500

“History has demonstrated that a jihad is within all of us, a fight for rights, equality, or reform, but it is one’s purpose which decides if his or her footprints fossilize in the sands of time, awakening hope for the successive generations to call for jihad. I desire to be a positive change in the world, a jihadist like Abd el-Kader, for unity among men.”


1st place ($1000)

Connor Freeman

“It is important to acknowledge that the standards of one’s language or culture cannot be forcibly imposed upon those of another, if productive cooperation is to be achieved. Common ground must be sought, and in this there can be no greater model than Abd el-Kader.”

2nd place ($500)

Hannah Gaffney

“Emir Abdelkader inspires me to work towards better cultural understanding and living a holier life. Abdelkader may have been one man, but his morals and beliefs earned him the respect of many, and the life he lived will positively influence the world forever.”


The Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize invites students to explore a 19th century historical figure, Emir Abdelkader, who lived, studied, travelled, and fought in what is now North Africa, France, and the Middle East. Abdelkader’s life story serves as a model of ethical leadership and humanitarian values that continue to inspire us. While exploring Abdelkader’s scholarship, religious commitments, and military ethics, students learn about the values and practices of Islam. The Abdelkader essay and poster contests are part of a global effort to revive Abdelkader’s legacy in ways that both counter stereotypes and inspire courageous moral behavior today.

In The News

Study Today’s Heroes, Become Tomorrow’s Champions – AtlantaMuslim.com – October 10, 2017

As a frequenter of conferences, I can confidently say that not many possess the breadth of knowledge and inspiration of Abdelkader Education Project’s (AEP) 2017 Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Read More

Elkader Iowa Inspires Project That Builds Bridges and Cultural Understanding – Northeastern Iowa Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – September 21, 2017

You wouldn’t think of Elkader, Iowa as a center for fostering interfaith dialogue and a better understanding of Islam.Read More


Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) promotes cultural literacy, civility and respectful engagement between all people through education and outreach. Our inspiration draws on Emir Abdelkader’s life story and values – courage, integrity, intellect, humility and compassion – that transends culture and faith traditions.

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