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Understanding Islam

Sunday, January 22, 2017

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Ismaili Jamatkhana
6704 Alma Drive
Plano, TX 75023

FirstChurch has been invited to participate with the Ismaili community in Plano in welcoming Carla Power, renowned author and journalist, to talk about her book If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Qurana 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

If the Oceans Were Ink depicts Power’s eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi confronted persistent misconceptions about the Islamic faith that were cleaving their communities. In it, Power describes how her friendship with her Akram and her reading of the Quran have unraveled ugly stereotypes, unveiling instead a faith that preaches peace (not mass murder) and respect for women (not oppression).

Armed with a new understanding of each other’s worldviews, Power destroys long-held myths to reveal startling connections between worlds and faiths that have seemed hopelessly divided for far too long. This event is open to anyone aspiring to deepen his or her understanding of another world religion so that together we may better understand and love our neighbors.

Moderated by Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education and Director of the Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at the Perkins School of Theology.

In partnership with First United Methodist Church of Dallas and Global Theological Education Program of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Free and open to the public.

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