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Philosophy and Religion
How a Sufi Mystic Can Make a Difference in Today’s World: Why the U.S. Army Cares
with John Kiser
This class will tell the story of one of the great heroic figures of the 19th century, Emir Abdelkader; discuss the basis of his wide influence across religious, social and political boundries; note how his example is being deployed in the struggle with militant Islamism and stereotypes at home; consider Algeria’s importance today as an indicator of how to defeat ISIS ideology. Participants will acquire a rudimentary knowledge of Islam—e.g. the five pillars of Islam.
Readings will be assigned for each session.
Note: This class will meet three times: March 24, March 31, and April 28.
John Kiser has advanced degrees in European History and Business Administration, is the author of two books on spiritual and worldly combat in Algeria: The Monks of Tibhirine and Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader. Additionally, Mr. Kiser is founder of a technology search company (Kiser Research, Inc., 1980-94), member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Honorary Doctor of Political Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Chairman of the William and Mary Greve Foundation. Mr. Kiser has been an instructor at Marine Corps University and is a contributor to a variety of publications, including The Marine Corps Gazette and Cistercian Studies Quarterly.