By Carla Power
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • nationwide booklet AWARD FINALIST • Named A most sensible publication of the 12 months via The Washington publish and The Denver Post • Praised by way of Fareed Zakaria as “intelligent, compassionate, and revealing,” a strong trip to aid bridge one of many maximum divides shaping our international today.
If the Oceans have been Ink is Carla Power's eye-opening tale of the way she and her longtime buddy Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi chanced on the way 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 constantly appeared not going, yet now they have been pissed off and bewildered by way of the battles being fought of their names. either knew shut examine the Quran might show a religion that preached peace and never mass homicide; appreciate for girls and never oppression. they usually launched into a yearlong trip in the course of the arguable text.
A journalist who grew up within the Midwest and the center East, energy deals her certain 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 full of either reliable humor and strong 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 realizing of every other's worldviews, energy and Akram provide eye-opening views, spoil long-held myths, and demonstrate 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 far towards struggling with the dehumanizing stereotypes of Muslims which are all too common…. If the Oceans have been Ink can be obligatory examining for the fifty two percentage of usa citizens who admit not to figuring out sufficient approximately Muslims.”―The Washington Post
“Journalist energy writes approximately her yr learning the Quran with a Muslim student she befriended whereas operating at a imagine tank in London. For a few, this can be a robust creation 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 submit
“For all those that ask yourself what Islam says approximately struggle and peace, women and men, Jews and gentiles, this can be the publication to learn. it's a dialog between well-meaning friends―intelligent, compassionate, and revealing―the variety 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 non secular and cultural variations, prejudice, and lack of know-how 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 in basic terms comprehensible and eye-opening, yet beautiful.”―Bustle (11 fantastically Written Memoirs by way of 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 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 ebook starting place “5 less than 35” honoree and writer of Love Me Back