If the Oceans Were Ink - “Part One: The Origins,” Chapter 4, “Road Trip to the Indian Madrasa” and Chapter 5, “A Migrant's Prayer Mat” Summary & Analysis

Carla Power
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Chapter Four is titled “Road Trip to the Indian Madrasa.” Power flew to India where she caught a train for a seven-hour ride to the town of Lucknow. Akram was not the only Indian to leave his home for a lucrative career elsewhere. Like some others, he built two madrasas in his home village of Jamdahan. Akram was the first student from his village to attend the prestigious Nadwat al-Ulama, but 12 students from Akram's madrasa had attended in the six years of its existence.

Power arrived at the train station nearest Jamdahan where Akram's younger brother, Muzzammil, met her with a group of young men. Shahnawaz Alam was one of those. He ran Akram's madrasa. The school boasted 65 hafizes, which are students who have memorized the entire Quran...

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