If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power
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By Carla Power, Henry Holt, Paperback, 352 pages
An eye-opening story of how Power and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions cleaving their communities.
Their friendship-between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text.
About the author:
Carla Power writes for TIME and was a foreign correspondent for Newsweek. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, The New York Times Magazine, and Foreign Policy. She holds a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford, as well as degrees from Yale and Columbia.