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If the Oceans Were Ink: A Journey to the Heart of the Quran

by Carla Power

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Named A Best Book of eYear by The Washington Post and The Denver Post

This is Carla Power’s story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions. The friendship between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh had always seemed unlikely, but, frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names, both felt that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. So they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text. Power and Akram offer eye-opening perspectives, destroy long-held myths, and reveal startling connections between worlds that often seem hopelessly divided.