By Carla Power
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • nationwide ebook AWARD FINALIST • Named A top ebook of the 12 months via The Washington submit 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 buddy Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi came across how to confront grotesque stereotypes and chronic misperceptions that have been cleaving their groups. Their friendship-between a mundane American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had continually appeared not likely, yet now they have been pissed off and bewildered through the battles being fought of their names. either knew shut examine the Quran may display a religion that preached peace and never mass homicide; recognize for ladies and never oppression. and they launched into a yearlong trip in the course of the debatable text.
A journalist who grew up within the Midwest and the center East, strength bargains her targeted vantage element at the Quran's such a lot provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, kin gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations jam-packed with 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 figuring out of every other's worldviews, strength and Akram provide eye-opening views, damage 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 bright story of a friendship.... If the Oceans have been Ink is a welcome and nuanced examine Islam [and] is going a ways towards struggling with the dehumanizing stereotypes of Muslims which are all too common…. If the Oceans have been Ink may be crucial interpreting for the fifty two percentage of usa citizens who admit not to figuring out 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, it will 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 put up
“For all those that ask yourself what Islam says approximately conflict and peace, women and men, Jews and gentiles, this is often the e-book to learn. it's a dialog between well-meaning friends―intelligent, compassionate, and revealing―the type that should be occurring round the world.”―Fareed Zakaria, writer of The Post-American World
“Carla Power’s intimate portrait of the Quran, advised with nuance and nice beauty, captures the intense, dwelling 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 varied worlds who refuse to allow non secular and cultural ameliorations, prejudice, and lack of understanding get in the way in which in their friendship, If the Oceans have been Ink is as thought-provoking because it is elegantly written. It takes a tricky, hugely charged subject and places it into phrases that aren't in basic terms comprehensible and eye-opening, yet beautiful.”―Bustle (11 fantastically Written Memoirs via Women)
“Unique, masterful, and deeply attractive. Carla strength takes the reader on a rare trip in interfaith realizing as she debates and discovers the Quran’s message, which means, and values on peace and violence, gender and veiling, spiritual pluralism and tolerance.”―John L. Esposito, collage Professor and Professor of Islamic stories, Georgetown college, 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 an excellent checklist of a undying quest.”―Merritt Tierce, a countrywide publication beginning “5 below 35” honoree and writer of Love Me Back