The Monks of Tibhirine

The Monks of Tibhirine : Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria

By (author) John W. Kiser

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In the spring of 1996, armed men broke into a Trappist monastery in war-torn Algeria and took seven monks hostage, using them as pawns in a murky plot to free imprisoned terrorists. Two months later the monk's severed heads were found in a tree, their bodies were never recovered. The village of Tibhirine had sprung up around the monastery because it was a holy place, protected by the Virgin Mary who is revered by Christians and Muslims alike. But napalm, helicopters and gunfire had become regular accompaniments to the monastic routine as the violence engulfing Algeria drew close to the isolated cloister. These seven monks were martyrs to their Muslim neighbours, whom they refused to desert in their hour of need.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • 13 Mar 2003
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp b&w photographs, 2 maps
  • 0312302940
  • 9780312302948
  • 130,988

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Author Information

John Kiser is the author of "Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy "and "Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man. "A former international technology broker, he has an M.A. from Columbia University in European History and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. His articles have been published in "Foreign Policy" magazine, the "Harvard Business Review," the "Washington Post," and the "Wall Street Journal." He lives with his family in Sperryville, Virginia.

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In the wake of the September terrorist attack on the United States, "The Monks of Tibhirine" gives us an essential lens through which to examine the violent forces rending the Muslim world. With deep compassion toward all parties to this tragic drama, John Kiser uses the story of these modern Christian monks to provide a microcosm of a struggle underway from Morocco to the Philippines. His book paints a surprising picture of the bonds of faith between Christians and Muslims, and provides a ray of hope for the future.--Dan Morgan, senior editor "The Washington Post "

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