Culture and Religion in Kiser's The Commander of the Faithful

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In a town like Elkader, a small predominantly white community, it would seem unlikely that someone would grow up learning about cultures and religions from the opposite end of the globe. However, thanks to Timothy Davis, that statement can be, and in my case, is true. In John Kiser's book, The Commander of the Faithful, Kiser shows us how Davis’ choice to name Elkader after an Arab gave his settlement a deep connection to a completely different civilization. This link acts as a conduit through which we can learn about and better understand their culture and religion, though geographically we are completely separated. This connection needs to be expanded and learned from because people nowadays have a strong stereotype of Muslims, though…show more content…
Throughout the war, the emir continued to strengthen his morality and that of those who fought alongside him as well as against him. He and his soldiers believed strongly in jihad, or the struggle for God's cause. His main goal as leader was to help defend his people, as he believed it was God's intention. The emir fought alongside his men wearing the same white burnooses as them rather than the black ones usually worn by the sultan. This shows that he was not interested in fame, or glory, or power, but in the interests of his people and of God. He and his men battled dauntlessly, attempting to gain their freedom. It had been tradition for warriors to cut off the heads of those whom they had slain in the fray, but as sultan he put an end to that custom. He also attempted to once again attain peace but again it failed. However, he did manage to negotiate a few prisoner exchanges but they didn't last either. After five years of being the most wanted and hunted person in the Middle East, hiding out in the Sahara for most of it, Abd el-Kader finally chose to give in. His struggle seemed endless, and he had come to the assumption that God had intended that Algeria belong to the infidels. Feeling as though there was no way they could prevail and that it was the only way to stop the bloodshed, he and his followers turned themselves in. They submitted to Lamoricière in 1847 not long after Bugeaud resigned as

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