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.