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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction, 2016

Finalist for the National Book Award in Non-Fiction, 2015


A Notable Book of 2015, Washington Post, Denver Post


Out Now!  Oceans Audiobook



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Praise for If The Oceans Were Ink

O: The Oprah Magazine‘s April issue names If The Oceans Were Ink one of “10 Titles to Pick Up Now”

“Should be mandatory reading for the 52 percent of Americans who admit to not knowing enough about Muslims.”–The Washington Post

“Great journalists invite us to be companions on their journeys to extraordinary places. Carla Power offers such an invitation in her new book.”–ISLAMICommentary

“Carla Power’s intimate portrait of the Quran, told with nuance and great elegance, captures the extraordinary, living debate over the Muslim holy book’s very essence. A spirited, compelling read.” —Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad

“For all those who wonder what Islam says about war and peace, men and women, Jews and gentiles, this is the book to read. It is a conversation among well-meaning friends–intelligent, compassionate, and revealing–the kind that needs to be taking place around the world.”–Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World

“Unique, masterful, and deeply engaging. Carla Power takes the reader on an extraordinary journey in interfaith understanding as she debates and discovers the Quran’s message, meaning, and values on peace and violence, gender and veiling, religious pluralism and tolerance.” —John L. Esposito, University Professor and Professor of Islamic Studies, Georgetown University, and author of The Future of Islam

If the Oceans Were Ink opens a door to the power of the Quran’s lyrical and complex prose to inspire, comfort, and ignite hearts everywhere. A must read for anyone wishing to understand a global community’s central spiritual source.”—Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and co-author of Who Speaks for Islam?

“There are many intriguing books that trace the encounter of Westerners with Muslims from traditional backgrounds. Some are love stories, others are clashes. If the Oceans Were Ink is something more radical, magical, and much more relevant: a religious encounter mediated through a gentle friendship, one that is committed to a dialogue and a search for truth. In a world characterized by so much tension and polemic, Power offers what might be our best hope for a better tomorrow: an intelligent friendship. Most enthusiastically recommended.”–Omid Safi, Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center

“This is a story of an extended, transformative conversation in which both participants patiently examine their own, as well as the other’s, perceptions and beliefs. In its telling, the neurotic, globalised narrative of mutual suspicion dissolves into a gentle plea for understanding, for the act of listening with an open heart and mind. If The Oceans Were Ink is a crucial book, serious but also mercifully humorous. Reading it is a completely immersive experience, an opportunity to swim away from the broiling foam of prejudice and ignorance and follow an altogether different current.–Frances Stonor Saunders, author of The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

“An informative and engrossing work”Library Journal

“Intelligent and exceptionally informative”–Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging…Power’s narrative offers and accessible and enlightening route into a topic fraught with misunderstanding.”–Publishers Weekly

“Offer[s] powerful new insights into Islam”–Booklist




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