If the Oceans Were Ink

If the Oceans Were Ink

An Unlikely Friendship and A Journey to the Heart of the Quran

eBook - 2015
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If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Power's eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were 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.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805098242
0805098240
0805098240
0805098194
9780805098198
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource (x, 336 pages)
Contents: Introduction: a map for the journey
The origins
The Quran in twenty-five words
An American in the East
A Muslim in the West
Road trip to the Indian madrasa
A migrant's prayer mat
The home
Pioneer life in Oxford
Nine-thousand hidden women
The little rosy one"
Veiling and unveiling
Reading "The women"
The world
A pilgrim's progress
Jesus, Mary, and the Quran
Beyond politics
The pharaoh and his wife
War stories
The last lesson
Conclusion: everlasting return
Author's note
Glossary.
Summary: If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Power's eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were 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.

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Nov 15, 2015

Well written but it's really about Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi and less about Islam i.e. more a New Yorker style profile than what the cover suggests

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