From the editors of the groundbreaking anthology Love, InshAllah comes a provocative new exploration of the most intimate parts of Muslim men’s lives.
Muslim men are stereotyped as either oversexed Casanovas willing to die for seventy-two virgins in heaven or controlling, big-bearded husbands ready to rampage at the hint of dishonor. The truth is, there are millions of Muslim men trying to figure out the complicated terrain of love, sex, and relationships just like any other American man.
In Salaam, Love, Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi provide a space for American Muslim men to speak openly about their romantic lives, offering frank, funny, and insightful glimpses into their hearts—and bedrooms. The twenty-two writers come from a broad spectrum of ethnic, racial, and religious perspectives—including orthodox, cultural, and secular Muslims—reflecting the strength and diversity of their faith community and of America.
By raising their voices to share stories of love and heartbreak, loyalty and betrayal, intimacy and insecurity, these Muslim men are leading the way for all men to recognize that being open and honest about their feelings is not only okay—it’s intimately connected to their lives and critical to their happiness and well-being.
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About the Author
Ayesha Mattu is a writer and international development consultant. She lives in San Francisco.
Nura Maznavi is a civil rights attorney, writer, and Fulbright scholar. She lives in Chicago.
Table of Contents
Umma: It Takes a Village
Soda Bottles and Zebra Skins —Sam Pierstorff 3
Mother’s Curse—Arsalan Ahmed 16
The Ride—Ramy Eletreby 21
A Grown-Ass Man—Alykhan Boolani 31
Who I Needed to Be—Yusef Ramelize 44
An Unlikely Foe—Yousef Turshani 52
A Pair of Photos—Ahmed Ali Akbar 61
Sirat: The Journey
The Other Iran–Iraq War—Ibrahim Al-Marashi 75
Just One Kiss—Maher Reham 86
AwkwardMan—Zain Omar 99
In the Unlikeliest of Places—A. Khan 107
Planet Zero—John Austin 114
How Did I End Up Here? —Arif Choudhury 124
Springtime Love—Mohamed Djellouli 133
Finding Mercy—Anthony Springer Jr. 143
Prom, InshAllah—Haroon Moghul 150
Sabr: In Sickness and in Health
The Promise—Alan Howard 163
Fertile Ground—Khizer Husain 169
On Guard—Stephen Leeper 179
Our Way Lies Together—Dan I. Oversaw 190
Echoes—Mohammed Samir Shamma 198
Becoming Family—Randy Nasson 212
About the Editors 237