The Concept

“The Unknown Fallen” is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations and striking authentic pictures. It features not only historical aspects of the First World War but also unveils forgotten stories and testimonies backed up with breath-taking photos from Muslim soldiers from all continents fighting with the Allied forces in battlefields far away from their homes. It highlights the mutual historical and cultural interest of all these brothers-in-arms and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.

Discover how through six years of war, with more than 200 unique pictures accompanied by lively, informative text, offering hours of jaw dropping moments, Muslims from around the world contributed to the history of Europe, affirming that Muslim diaspora communities are stakeholders in Europe.

See the world in a whole new way guided by images paired with thought-provoking quotes that encourage curiosity and hopefully inspire you to look more closely at an unknown world of interfaith in and behind the trenches of the cruel war that was World War 1.

Through the coffee table book our project brings to attention the contribution of Muslims in World War 1, and the opportunities to use this part of history to build bridges of peace and understanding between people of all faith and none, to our audience of teenagers and adults.

Coffee table books are fantastic windows into worlds that most people don’t have the ability to experience on their own. While picture books often present big, lush illustrated landscapes – coffee table books present a completely different experience. Coffee table books are all about curation. They’re about collecting perspectives on the real world, gathering together that material, showing the connections between that material, and then presenting those collections in the most visually appealing way possible. If those curated collections are attractive to adult audiences, how powerful will they be for a younger audience?

For a teenager whose experience with the outside world begins and ends with TV or maybe a trip to the battlefields in Europe, “The Unknown Fallen” is an annotated guidebook to the outside world. “The Unknown Fallen” is a big book and, as you might guess, it’s packed end-to-end with an incredible amount of information. It’s attractive to look at, as something from National Geographic. On your table, it will confirm that you are smart, interested in history, religion and peace building initiatives. But its real value lies in what it can do for our children to whom the future belongs.

Teenagers have accumulated enough facts from school to allow them familiarity with the “The Unknown Fallen” timelines. But how those events and discoveries fit together will still be an entirely new world for them.

This book could totally change a preteen’s life. Present “The Unknown Fallen” to a younger group and, suddenly, the ho-hum parts become shiny new, and the not-quite-deep-enough explanations become intriguing jumping-off points— offering just enough information that they can feel smarter than their teachers, and just enough mystery that together you and your youngster feel the need to explore the subject further. A coffee table book on “The Unknown Fallen” is magic for sure.