Dec. 1: “Code Name Madeleine” Book Discussion with Author Arthur J. Magida

Arthur Magida and Noor Inayat Khan headshots overlaid on Code Name Madeleine book cover

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 4:00–5:00 p.m.

The captivating story of the valiant Noor Inayat Khan, Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-occupied Paris brings to life this true story of an unlikely World War II heroine. A true global citizen, Noor was American through her mother and a princess through her father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, who brought Sufism – Islamic mysticism – to the West from India. Growing up in a small town opposite Paris, Noor — a poet, musician, and author – was devoted to her family and to her father’s spiritual legacy. After Noor fled from the Germans in 1940, Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive (SOE) flew her into France three years later, where she organized cells, invigorated the Resistance, shepherded Allied pilots to safety and outlasted almost all of the SOE’s other radio operators – all while constantly on the run from the Gestapo.

Carefully distilled from dozens of interviews, newly discovered manuscripts, official documents, and personal letters, Code Name Madeleine is a compelling, deeply researched history and a thrilling tribute to Noor Inayat Khan, whose courage and faith guided her through the most brutal regime in history. In a world torn asunder, Noor found herself and her destiny. Code Name Madeleine is a story of courage, faith, and resilience that is much needed in our own chaotic and turbulent age.

Code Name Madeleine book cover

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About the Author

Arthur J. Magida is a resident of Baltimore and former senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times. His books, which invariably address religious / spiritual issues, include The Rabbi and the Hitman, The Nazi Séance, and How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies. An award-winning journalist and former professor at Georgetown University and the University of Baltimore, he has been a consultant for several PBS documentaries and to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as a columnist for Beliefnet.com, a contributing correspondent to PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly,” and editorial director of Jewish Lights Publishing.