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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Carla Power: Bridging Islam and the West

Get inside of 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 year-long journey through the controversial text.

A journalist who grew up in the Midwest and the Middle East, Power offers her unique vantage point on the Quran's most provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, family gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations filled with both good humor and powerful insights. Their story takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage sites in Mecca, as they encounter politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative scholars.

Armed with a new understanding of each other's worldviews, Power and Akram offer eye-opening perspectives, destroy long-held myths, and reveal startling connections between worlds that have seemed hopelessly divided for far too long.

Notes

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

August 15, 2016

The Commonwealth Club of California
555 Post St.
San Francisco, 94102
United States

Speakers
Carla Power
Pulitzer Prize Finalist; Author, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
Jonathan Curiel
Journalist; Author—Moderator