John W. Kiser books in order
John Kiser’s books have a contrarian flavor while exploring the role of faith in enduring life's tribulations.
- Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (2008)
- The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love, and Terror in Algeria (2002)
- Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement (2011)
- Stefan Zweig: Death of a modern man (1994)
- Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy (1989)
Detailed book overview
Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad (2008) is the remarkable saga of a 19th century Arab scholar-warrior-saint whose faith and moral courage made him a hero throughout the world.
Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria (2002) highlights the harmony between Muslim and Christians at a time when people in the West were demonizing Islam as the new communist threat.
This book asserts that the solution to the jihadists challenge, and other religious imperatives for that matter, is to come up with a longer-term strategy of cultural engagement, supported by an extensive understanding of how others view the world—and what they consider to be of significance to them.
Three important tasks, extensively explained in the book, are needed in order to achieve this:
Focus on the causal factors that form the basis of religious extremism.
A successor to the rational-actor model of decision-making that has heretofore excluded "irrational" factors like religion.
New paradigm for U.S. leadership in preparation of tomorrow's multipolar world.
The book has been co-written with Doug Johnston.
Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man (french publication - Mort d'un Homme Moderne; University of Toulouse, 1995). One of the 20th century's most prolific writers, a secular humanist who lost his connection with his faith community.
Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators in the Global Economy (1988) came at a time when many believed that the communist world was technologically incompetent or unlikely to sell 'high technology" to the West.