2015 National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction

Carla Power

If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran

(Henry Holt and Company)

ISBN: 978-0805098198

If the Oceans Were Ink Carla Power, credit: Jamie Smith


How is it that the ideas of the Quran remain so influential within global politics when so few people have read it? Through conversations with an eminent Muslim scholar on topics as far-ranging as the hidden traditions of women scholars in Islam and the significance of faith, Power shows how their collective engagement in interpreting the Quran was far more important than reaching consensus on its meaning.


The eye-opening story of how American Carla Powers and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities.

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. Her work has been recognized with an Overseas Press Club award, a Women in Media Award, and the National Women's Political Caucus's EMMA Award. She holds a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford, as well as degrees from Yale and Columbia.


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