Mohammed Shamma is a father of two, software developer, dilettante of the visual arts and drinker of coffee. He currently lives in Berkeley, California, but spent his formative years in Texas, where he and his brother were raised by his mother. There he imbibed the art of storytelling through her countless tales of international adventure and romance with his Egyptian father, a relationship that began in 1952 by the stroke of a pen.
He is also a contributing author in SALAAM, LOVE: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy, which was published by Beacon Press on February 4, 2014.
After discovering he inherited Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the disease that killed his father at 46, he has vowed to reconnect with his adolescent passion for the visual arts and storytelling.
Mohammed holds a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas, Austin and a Master of Information Management and Systems degree from the University of California.
About Salaam, Love
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.