If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran

Holt Paperbacks
"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.
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    AuthorCarla Power
    BindingPaperback
    EAN9780805098198
    ISBN9780805098198
    Height812 mm
    Length549 mm
    Width91 mm
    Weight67 g
    LanguageEnglish
    Language TypePublished
    Number Of Items1
    Number Of Pages352
    Package Quantity1
    Product GroupBook
    Publication Date2017-12-01
    PublisherMacmillan US
    Release Date2017-12-08
    StudioMacmillan US
    UPC783324807769
    Sales Rank27481

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