In these groundbreaking collections, American Muslim writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love and speak openly for the first time about love, relationships, and sex.
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.
While many of the tales end in marriage, none ignore the flaws and difficulties presented by romantic relationships.
Throughout, there are men who lost love, lost themselves and found things they weren’t looking for, as well as those still searching.
In this way, it pushes back against common cultural stereotypes of both Muslims and men, showing Muslims with a full range of ordinary American life experiences and showing men with tender and heartfelt emotions that they articulate beautifully.
For insiders to the community, this work will prompt joyful recognition as well as thoughtful exploration of different experiences; for outsiders, it will counter one-dimensional negative images about American Muslims.
Whether read all together or in single doses, faith and love abound, and there is no shortage of entertainment.
We forget the stereotypes the media present to us but we get the key to common understanding.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 “The contributors are all American Muslims, but there is remarkable diversity from that point.It should also confuse government agents.” —Ali Eteraz, author of “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. Willow Wilson, author of “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.
There are converts from Judaism and Christianity, as well as men who grew up devout and men who grew up praying when they felt like it.