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Salaam, Love

Salaam, Love

American Muslim Men on Love, Sex and Intimacy

From the editors of the groundbreaking anthology Love, InshAllah comes a provocative new exploration of the most intimate parts of Muslim men's lives.

Editors: Ayesha Mattu, Nura Maznavi

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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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"This is a magnificent collection. It's all here: love, loss, confusion, sex, and more than sex, that magical quest for intimacy. In short, what it means to be human: seeking, finding, losing, cherishing. A wonderful contribution to American Muslim narratives in their own voices." -Omid Safi, author of Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters

"This diverse and humane anthology documents what heartbreak and hilarity goes down (often in silence) in the American-Muslim community. It should also confuse government agents." -Ali Eteraz, author of Children of Dust: A Portrait of a Muslim as a Young Man

"Intimate and compelling, Salaam, Love is a glimpse of the emotional balancing act American Muslim men face as they navigate the demands of faith, family and their own hearts. A must-read." -G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen

"Salaam, Love is an important book because it sheds light on a subject that is unknown and scary to many Americans: Muslim men and their relationship to love, sex, and intimacy. It's a book that shows how similar we all are, how much we have in common, when there's so much hate-based propaganda floating around about how different we all are. But beyond being an important book, it's also a great read. Funny, sad, cool, hot, counterintuitive, and perhaps most importantly, sexy." -David Henry Sterry, author of Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent

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