Today is our official pub date for our second book! Deepest gratitude to Ayesha Pande, the Book Doctors Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry, the wonderful Beacon Press team, and our 22 inspiring writers. Special thanks to the women of Love, InshAllah - this second book wouldn’t exist without your courage to write the first. And a big shout-out to the awesome LoveinshAllah.com global community of readers and writers – your love & support mean so much to us!
Salaam, Love is now available in bookstores and online everywhere!
Our national book tour starts this week – if you’re in San Francisco, LA, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, or Chicago, we’d love to meet you!
Tune into Salaam, Love contributor Haroon Moghul’s great interview with NPR Weekend Edition today. You can also read his story Prom, InshAllah online at the link!
“I think for a lot of American Muslims, especially those of us who are in some kind of community role, we’re forced to become, for lack of a better term, professional Muslims. A lot of the things that I wanted to do with my life, I was unable to do, because I realized that as an American, and as a Muslim, I had an obligation to become part of a conversation that we as a country needed. And I don’t regret that, and I think it was something that is the right thing to do. But unfortunately, I think in the process, we were forced to deny a lot of parts of ourselves.”
The Washington Post just published a great write-up on Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy!
“So much has been said about Muslim men, we thought it was time for them to tell their own stories in their own words about what’s important to them,” the editors said.
“Salaam, Love” seeks to counter stereotypes of Muslim men by offering stories of men who bare their emotions, admit mistakes, bask in memories of true love, recall heartbreaks, and reflect on caring for a dying wife.
The stories range from humorous to heartbreaking, while shedding light on who makes up Muslim Americans.
Video credit and gratitude to Women of Spirit & Faith, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Alison Fast and documentary filmmaker Chandler Griffin!
Love, InshAllah & Salaam, Love editor Ayesha Mattu had a fun and wide-ranging conversation today with HuffPostLive’s Yasmine Hafiz, Alyona Minkovski, and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (aka, “Mr. May”, pictured above) on shifting & complicating the narrative about American Muslims and what REALLY makes a person hot & pinup-worthy.
Thanks to all of our wonderful readers who joined the conversation! If you missed it, catch it online, here.