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What takes a woman, artist, and member of Victorian England’s royalty to the villages of North Africa, the cloistered world of Arab women, and the streets of Algiers to teach the Sufi mystics?
“Let us dare to test God’s resources . . . Let us ask Him to kindle in us and keep aflame that passion for the impossible . . . ” —Lilias Trotter
In the life of Lilias Trotter, you’ll discover a woman of privilege, sophistication, and artistic promise who, at the age of 35, was moved by spiritual conviction from the life of luxury to the Casbah—literally the “citadel”—to begin the process of breaking down the strongholds of the Islamic faith.
Her biography, a story revealed in A Passion for the Impossible, states that England’s premier artist of the day, John Ruskin, proclaimed her one of the finest artists of the nineteenth century, yet without knowing the language and without the oversight or sponsorship of any organization, Lilias Trotter left English high society to become the “Mother Teresa” of Algeria.