Author Abu Salaam bills his new 120-page novel ISIS: A Love Story as “a gay jihaderotica love story designed to send an anti-ISIS message from a perspective within ISIS,” and warns that “The story is graphic but it bears a good message.”
ISIS: A Love Story is the tale of a time and place, love and war, beauty and barbary, and life and death. The story follows two star-and-crescent-crossed mujahideen through their struggles during the Syrian Civil War. Painted not as a view from outside looking in, but from the inside looking around, the tale strips away the absolutism of the black flag and relayers it into shades of gray. The first of its kind, this exciting narrative offers an unparalleled view of ISIS through the eyes of ISIS.
Commenters describe it as
“a gripping tale of two young men in Syria fighting for their lives their souls and each other, that is equal parts romance, thriller and a metacomentary on the conflict in the Midle East.”
Salaam tells Frontiers that he began writing the book after last year’s attack on Paris, and “wrote it with renewed vigor after the Orlando attack this summer, as a way to combat hate with love.”
There’s some of the usual slightly awkward sex writing, as the two leads are “transfixed on each other’s growing arousal,” or as one “continued down the length of Ali’s growing tower.” But beyond that, ISIS: A Love Story actually seems to hope to prompt serious discussion of the group’s attitudes towards homosexuality and the damaging consequences of the war in Syria.
Read it, IF YOU DARE. Get your copy here.