2006 French Siloe Prize Winner


The true story of Christians willing to die serving a Muslim flock during the political nightmare that unfolds in Algeria during the 1990s. The decapitation of seven French Trappists kidnapped from their monastery in the village of Tibhirine provides the thread for this real life drama of sacrificial love-of Christians who put their lives at risk for their Muslim friends, and Muslims who risk death for Christians.

“It was like our Bible,” said Xavier Beauvois, producer of the film Of Gods and Men from Sony Classics, which opened in New York February 25, 2011.


Critical Praise

“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… 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, Washington Post

“By Mr. Kiser’s own evidence, Muslims in general are not at war with the West in general, or Christianity in particular… What he does quite well is tell the story, at once sad and inspiring, of very good men who took their vocation seriously and died for it.”

Roger Kaplan, The Wall Street Journal
“This book is not the first written about the monks of Tibhirine. It is the first of this importance published in English, but it could well be the best among all those written in any language so far.”
Gilles Nicolas, Priest in Diocese of Algiers
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Trailer for Of Gods and Men from Sony Classics

Sony Classics brought the 2010 Cannes Grand Prix winner, “Of Gods and Men” to theaters across the United States in February 2011. Producer Xavier Beauvois and script writer Etienne Comar dramatically retell this true story, set in strife-torn Algeria during the 1990s, of a remote community of French Trappist monks who choose their friendship with Muslim neighbors over their own lives.


“The story of the monks brings out what is missing in our efforts to understand the Islamic world – diversity, complexity, and shared values.

– John Kiser, Author

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“This is a Muslim Christian love story wrapped in a horror story. Sadly it brings out all that is missing in our understanding of the Muslim world – diversity, complexity, and shared values” – John Kiser

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A follow-on book to the Monks of Tibhirine is now available. Commander of the Faithful: Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (Monkfish Books) is the story of a Muslim monk (Sufi) who led the resistance against the French occupation of Algeria that began in 1830.