The University of Iowa

Lecture will explore the connection between Elkader, Iowa, and Algerian leader el-Kader

October 5th, 2010

The “Images of the Muslim World” series continues this month with a lecture, “Why is Abd el-Kader Relevant Today?: the Legacy of an Algerian Leader of Anti-Colonial Resistance and Namesake of Elkader, IA,” on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. The lecture will be presented by Kathy Garms and John W. Kiser.

Garms is the Iowa coordinator for the Abd el-Kader Education Project and Kiser is the author of “Commander of the Faithful: the Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (1808-1883): A Story of True Jihad.”

“Images of the Muslim World” is a series of public discussions, lectures and film screenings illustrating the diversity of the Muslim world. It primarily focuses on aspects of culture, religion, society, geography, politics and history. Speakers include both local and visiting scholars and writers who give illustrated talks focusing on a particular region, country or topic within the Muslim world.

The UI Middle East and Muslim World Studies, African Studies Program and UI International Programs are sponsoring these events.

To learn about Kiser’s book and the Abd el-Kader Education Project, visit For more information on this event, contact Denise Filios at or 319-335-3451.