By Carla Power
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • nationwide publication AWARD FINALIST • Named A most sensible publication of the 12 months by way of The Washington put up and The Denver Post • Praised via Fareed Zakaria as “intelligent, compassionate, and revealing,” a strong 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 buddy Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi discovered how to confront gruesome stereotypes and protracted misperceptions that have been cleaving their groups. Their friendship-between an earthly American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had regularly 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 demonstrate a religion that preached peace and never mass homicide; appreciate 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 deals her precise vantage element at the Quran's such a lot provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, kinfolk gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations jam-packed with either stable 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, smash long-held myths, and show startling connections among worlds that experience appeared hopelessly divided for a lot 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 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 american citizens who admit not to understanding adequate 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 powerful creation to Islam. To others, it truly 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 warfare 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 sort that should be happening 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 extreme, 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 assorted worlds who refuse to enable spiritual and cultural ameliorations, prejudice, and lack of expertise 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 merely comprehensible and eye-opening, yet beautiful.”―Bustle (11 superbly Written Memoirs by means of Women)
“Unique, masterful, and deeply attractive. Carla strength takes the reader on a rare trip in interfaith figuring out 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, college 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 center for the journey of crossing borders, and a seeker’s yen for the poetry and mysticism of trust, strength creates a great list of a undying quest.”―Merritt Tierce, a countrywide ebook starting place “5 below 35” honoree and writer of Love Me Back