If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power
2015 | ISBN: 0805098194 | English | 352 pages | EPUB | 1 MB
"Carla Powers intimate portrait of the Quran captures the extraordinary, living debate over the Muslim holy books very essence. A spirited, compelling read."--Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad
If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Powers 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 Qurans 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 others 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.