By Carla Power
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • nationwide e-book AWARD FINALIST • Named A most sensible e-book of the 12 months by means 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 the way she and her longtime pal Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi stumbled on the way to confront grotesque stereotypes and protracted misperceptions that have been cleaving their groups. Their friendship-between a mundane American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had regularly appeared not likely, yet now they have been annoyed and bewildered via the battles being fought of their names. either knew shut examine the Quran could exhibit a religion that preached peace and never mass homicide; admire for ladies and never oppression. they usually launched into a yearlong trip throughout the arguable text.
A journalist who grew up within the Midwest and the center East, energy deals her distinct vantage aspect at the Quran's such a lot provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, family members gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations choked with either sturdy humor and robust insights. Their tale takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage websites in Mecca, as they come upon politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative students. Armed with a brand new realizing of every other's worldviews, energy and Akram provide eye-opening views, wreck long-held myths, and exhibit startling connections among worlds that experience appeared hopelessly divided for a lot 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 far towards battling the dehumanizing stereotypes of Muslims which are all too common…. If the Oceans have been Ink may be needed studying 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 pupil she befriended whereas operating at a imagine tank in London. For a few, this can be a powerful creation to Islam. To others, it really is fodder for dialogue at the Sheikh's perspectives, how Westerners (such as strength) interpret these perspectives and the interaction of tradition and religion.” ―The Denver publish
“For all those that ask yourself what Islam says approximately conflict and peace, women and men, Jews and gentiles, this can be the ebook to learn. it's a dialog between well-meaning friends―intelligent, compassionate, and revealing―the style 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 diversified worlds who refuse to enable non secular and cultural transformations, prejudice, and lack of awareness 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 tough, hugely charged subject and places it into phrases that aren't merely comprehensible and eye-opening, yet beautiful.”―Bustle (11 superbly Written Memoirs through Women)
“Unique, masterful, and deeply attractive. Carla energy takes the reader on a rare trip in interfaith knowing as she debates and discovers the Quran’s message, that means, and values on peace and violence, gender and veiling, spiritual pluralism and tolerance.”―John L. Esposito, collage Professor and Professor of Islamic reviews, 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, energy creates a very good list of a undying quest.”―Merritt Tierce, a countrywide publication starting place “5 less than 35” honoree and writer of Love Me Back