By Carla Power
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • nationwide e-book AWARD FINALIST • Named A top publication of the yr by way of The Washington publish and The Denver Post • Praised via Fareed Zakaria as “intelligent, compassionate, and revealing,” a robust trip to aid bridge one of many maximum divides shaping our global today.
If the Oceans have been Ink is Carla Power's eye-opening tale of ways she and her longtime good friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi stumbled on how to confront gruesome stereotypes and chronic misperceptions that have been cleaving their groups. Their friendship-between an earthly American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had consistently appeared not going, yet now they have been pissed off and bewildered via the battles being fought of their names. either knew shut examine the Quran might show a religion that preached peace and never mass homicide; admire for ladies and never oppression. they usually launched into a yearlong trip throughout the debatable text.
A journalist who grew up within the Midwest and the center East, strength bargains her distinctive vantage aspect at the Quran's such a lot provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, relatives gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations full of either solid humor and robust insights. Their tale takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage websites in Mecca, as they come across politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative students. Armed with a brand new knowing of every other's worldviews, strength and Akram provide eye-opening views, wreck long-held myths, and exhibit startling connections among worlds that experience appeared hopelessly divided for much too long.
Praise for If the Oceans have been Ink
“A vivid story of a friendship.... If the Oceans have been Ink is a welcome and nuanced examine Islam [and] is going some distance towards battling the dehumanizing stereotypes of Muslims which are all too common…. If the Oceans have been Ink will be essential examining for the fifty two percentage of usa citizens who admit not to realizing sufficient approximately Muslims.”―The Washington Post
“Journalist strength writes approximately her 12 months learning the Quran with a Muslim student she befriended whereas operating at a imagine tank in London. For a few, this can be a powerful advent to Islam. To others, it really is fodder for dialogue at the Sheikh's perspectives, how Westerners (such as energy) interpret these perspectives and the interaction of tradition and religion.” ―The Denver publish
“For all those that ask yourself what Islam says approximately struggle and peace, women and men, Jews and gentiles, this can be the e-book to learn. it's a dialog between well-meaning friends―intelligent, compassionate, and revealing―the sort that should be happening round the world.”―Fareed Zakaria, writer of The Post-American World
“Carla Power’s intimate portrait of the Quran, informed with nuance and nice splendor, captures the intense, residing debate over the Muslim holy book’s very essence. A lively, compelling read.”―Azadeh Moaveni, writer of Lipstick Jihad
“An inspiring tale of 2 [people] from diverse worlds who refuse to enable spiritual and cultural transformations, prejudice, and lack of knowledge get in the best way in their friendship, If the Oceans have been Ink is as thought-provoking because it is elegantly written. It takes a tough, hugely charged subject and places it into phrases that aren't merely comprehensible and eye-opening, yet beautiful.”―Bustle (11 fantastically Written Memoirs by means of Women)
“Unique, masterful, and deeply enticing. Carla strength takes the reader on a rare trip in interfaith figuring out as she debates and discovers the Quran’s message, that means, and values on peace and violence, gender and veiling, non secular pluralism and tolerance.”―John L. Esposito, college Professor and Professor of Islamic reviews, Georgetown collage, and writer of The way forward for Islam
“A considerate, provocative, clever book.”―Diana Abu-Jaber, writer of Birds Of Paradise and The Language of Baklava
“With a journalist’s brain for the tale, a born traveler’s middle for the journey of crossing borders, and a seeker’s yen for the poetry and mysticism of trust, strength creates a superb list of a undying quest.”―Merritt Tierce, a countrywide booklet beginning “5 below 35” honoree and writer of Love Me Back