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The monks of Tibhirine : faith, love, and terror in Algeria
Kiser, John W.
Adult Nonfiction BX4155 .K47 2002

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From Publishers' Weekly:

During the carnage that followed the 1992 cancellation of elections in Algeria, seven Trappist monks were kidnapped and murdered in 1996 by a group of Islamic extremists, one of many armed elements whose clash exacted a toll of at least 100,000 lives in the former French colony in North Africa. Kiser, whose only previous English-language book dealt with technology and the Soviet Union, focuses on the peaceful and fraternal coexistence of Christians and Muslims in and around a Trappist monastery in the Algerian countryside. Despite warnings for foreigners to leave, the monks maintained their daily witness to peace, offering employment in the monastery gardens and medical care to any Muslims who sought such assistance. The villagers in turn honored the monks' piety and simplicity, and regularly invited their Christian neighbors to weddings and other festivities. Given the complexity of the horrific subsequent events, the thoroughly French and Algerian frame of reference (the story is well known in France) and the importance of a clear chronology in the story, this text cries out for an editor's guidance in reorganizing the narrative and clarifying it for an American audience. Yet the book is still a must for patient American readers interested in the evolution of independent Islamic politics out of a history of European imperialism. Inside a hard shell of confusing politics rests an engrossing and simple tale of love for one's neighbors and a God who does not prefer one faith over another. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Can Christians and Muslims live together in peace and spiritual solidarity? Do these two spiritual traditions have anything to teach each other? The small Catholic monastery of Notre-Dame de l'Atlas in Islamic Algeria stood as a witness proclaiming a bold yes to each of these questions. The French Trappist monks of Notre-Dame de l'Atlas always stressed the "notes that are in harmony" between the two faiths. In the midst of revolutionary Algeria of the 1990s, their unwillingness to abandon their Algerian neighbors led to their martyrdom. After two years of research and interviews, Kiser (Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy) chronicles the vision that inspired the monks and the idealism and commitment that kept them in Algeria despite the increasing violence and approaching danger. Although the monks were ultimately kidnapped and murdered, their friendship with the Muslims of Tibhirine presents a hopeful alternative vision of Muslim-Christian relations for our post-September 11 world. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries as well as special collections on Islam, monastic studies, and North Africa. Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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