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If the Oceans were Ink

By Sameer Rahim   December 2015

if the oceans were inkby Carla Power (Holt, £12.99)

Since 9/11, hundreds of books have appeared about the relationship between Islam and the west. Broadly they divide into two categories: why you should be afraid and why you shouldn’t be so afraid.

Carla Power’s book is in the latter camp. Unlike other sympathetic accounts, though, her work does not look at the reform-minded Muslims seeking to shake up the sharia. Instead, Power, a journalist who has covered the Muslim world for 20 years and is broadly secular, describes her friendship with a traditional…

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