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American Muslim men bare their souls in new book


Two years ago, we interviewed two local Muslim women about their intimate stories of love. These stories were told in an anthology called Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. The book created such a stir, that the editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi were bombarded with letters from Muslim men saying who wanted to share their love stories too. 

This year, Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy was released. Two of the book’s contributors Mohammed Shamma and Randy Nasson, joined me in studio to talk about their stories. We start with Randy reading from his story about learning how to be a supportive husband when the going got tough.

RANDY NASSON: "And thus began my emotional metamorphosis; the husband and lover receded as the comforter and caregiver emerged. Being in love with Ayesha, with that fiery, newlywed passion seemed unimaginable, because that aspect of love is largely self-serving and self-pleasing.

Click on the player above to listen to the full interview. 

You can find more stories from the Salaam, Love contributors here.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.