If Oceans Were Ink
by Carla Power
Editor: Henry Holt & Company Inc
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If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla’s Power of Eye Opening story of how she and her long-time friend, Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to deal with persistent stereotypes and misperceptions that have been cleavage of their communitiesTheir friendship – between a lay American and a sheikh-trained madrasa – had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and confused by the battles taking place in their names.Both knew that a close examination of the Koran could reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression.And so, they committed to a year-long journey through the controversial textA journalist who grew up in the Midwest and Middle East, Power offers her unique perspective on the Koran, the most provocative of verses as she debates with Akram in cafés, family reunions and conference room baskets, conversations filled with good humor and powerful vision.Their story takes to madrasas in India and pilgrimage sites to Mecca, when they meet politicians and jihadists, feminist activists and conservative specialistsArmed with a new understanding of each other’s worldviews, the Power and Akram offers eye-opening perspectives, destroying long-held myths, and revealing surprising connections between worlds that seemed irremediably divided for far too long
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