The Taqwacores

Knight, Michael Muhammad

Published by Saqi Books, 2007
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2007. Paperback. Yusef is living in Buffalo, New York with a group of Muslim punks. A pot-smoking mohawked Sufi called Jehangir plays the rooftop call to prayer on his electric guitar, while debates rage downstairs about the Quranic sources for Iggy Pop songs. Num Pages: 254 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 130 x 21. Weight in Grams: 274. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781846590177

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Synopsis: A Muslim punk house in Buffalo, New York, inhabited by burqa-wearing “riot grrrls,” mohawked Sufis, straightedge Sunnis, Shi’a skinheads, Indonesian skaters, Sudanese rude boys, gay Muslims, drunk Muslims, and feminists. Their living room hosts parties and prayers, with a hole smashed in the wall to indicate the direction of Mecca. Their lives together, which mix sex, dope, and religion in roughly equal amounts, is centered around an Islamo-punk subculture called taqwacore, named for taqwa, an Arabic term meaning consciousness of the divine. Originally published by the author on photocopiers and spiral-bound by hand, The Taqwacores has since been published in foreign translations, become the basis for two films, and is taught in various colleges and universities as a “Catcher in the Rye for young Muslims.” “A manifesto for the Muslim punk movement.” - Newsweek “Infinitely readable.” ― MaximumRocknroll.com “An absolutely fascinating book Michael Muhammad Knight has bravely written what could well become an essential text.” ― The Beat Motel Blog

About the Author: Michael Muhammad Knight converted to Islam at sixteen after reading Malcolm X's biography, and spent two months at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. He later left orthodox Islam. His writing regularly appears in progressive Islamic venues. He lives in Western New York State.

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Publication Date: 2007
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