If the Oceans Were Ink
An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
Carla Power
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'"For all those who wonder what Islam says about war and peace, men and women, Jews and gentiles, this is the book to read."-Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World
If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Power's eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. Their friendship-between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text.

A journalist who grew up in the Midwest and the Middle East, Power offers her unique vantage point on the Quran's most provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, family gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations filled with both good humor and powerful insights. Their story takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage sites in Mecca, as they encounter politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative scholars. Armed with a new understanding of each other's worldviews, Power and Akram offer eye-opening perspectives, destroy long-held myths, and reveal startling connections between worlds that have seemed hopelessly divided for far too long.
ISBN 9780805098198Category Non-fictionSubcategory Autobiography/ Biography/ Memoir
Publisher Macmillan USImprint Holt PaperbacksPublished 01/12/2017
Format DemyBinding PaperbackPage extent 352
author note
Carla Power writes for TIME and was a foreign correspondent for Newsweek.... »