“This is a Muslim Christian love story wrapped in a horror story. Sadly, the story of the monks brings out what is missing in our efforts to understand the Muslim world: diversity, complexity, and shared values.

The Algerian experience foreshadowed virtually everything that is going on in the Arab world today.”

John Kiser

“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

“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

“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.”

Father Gilles Nicolas, Diocese of Algiers

“This book should be required reading for religion departments in all seminaries and universities.”

Brother Patrick Hart, Gethsemani Abbey

“We have just enough religion to hate each other but not enough to love each other.”

Jonathan Swift


“Algeria’s Arab Spring of 1988 produced a horror story that has metastasized around the world. Yet, Algeria contained it’s cancer. To learn more, read Monks, Muslims & The Zeal of Bitterness.

John Kiser

The Trappist Community in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria

Kiser’s follow-on book to The Monks of Tibhirine, Commander of the Faithful: Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (Monkfish Books), recounts the French Colonial prologue in 19th century Algeria, providing essential background to the story of The Monks.