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A Journey to the Heart of the Quran
Carla Power, Journalist, 2016 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction

Monday, January 23, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The World Affairs Council opens its Islam: Changing Dynamics Series with a dramatic introduction to the Quran, the central religious text of the faith. Muslims believe the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by God during a 23-year period from 610 AD to the Prophet's death in 632 AD.

Our first speaker in the Islam: Changing Dynamics Series is acclaimed writer Carla Power who was born in St. Louis and is described in biographies as "the daughter of a Jewish feminist and a Quaker law professor." She lived not only in the American Midwest, but also in the Middle East and Asia.

Her 2015 book, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, was both a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a National Book Award finalist. And it is from that book that the Council selected its title for her Islam series program, "A Journey to the Heart of the Quran." The program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 23, at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas.

A summary of the highly regarded book describes is as "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."

Power writes for TIME Magazine and various publications. While a correspondent for Newsweek, she did award-winning reporting in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Her essays have appeared many publications including Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Foreign Policy.

The author holds a Masters of Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and degrees from Yale and Columbia. She is married, has two children and lives in England with her family.

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6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Program & Book Signing
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Parish Episcopal School
4101 Sigma Road
Dallas, TX 75244
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$10 Members
$25 Non-Members
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