The Taqwacores

The Taqwacores A Muslim punk house in Buffalo New York inhabited by burqa wearing riot girls mohawked Sufis straightedge Sunnis Shi a skinheads Indonesian skaters Sudanese rude boys gay Muslims drunk Muslim

  • Title: The Taqwacores
  • Author: Michael Muhammad Knight
  • ISBN: 9781593762292
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Muslim punk house in Buffalo, New York, inhabited by burqa wearing riot girls, 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 life together mixes sex, dope, and relA Muslim punk house in Buffalo, New York, inhabited by burqa wearing riot girls, 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 life together mixes sex, dope, and religion in roughly equal amounts, expressed in devotion to an Islamo punk subculture, taqwacore, named for taqwa, an Arabic term for consciousness of the divine.Originally self published on photocopiers and spiralbound by hand, The Taqwacores has now come to be read as a manifesto for Muslim punk rockers and a Catcher in the Rye for young Muslims There are three different cover colors red, white, and blue.

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    About "Michael Muhammad Knight"

    1. Michael Muhammad Knight

      Michael Muhammad Knight born 1977 is an American novelist, essayist, and journalist His writings are popular among American Muslim youth The San Francisco Chronicle described him as one of the most necessary and, paradoxically enough, hopeful writers of Barack Obama s America, while The Guardian has described him as the Hunter S Thompson of Islamic literature, and his non fiction work exemplifies the principles of gonzo journalism Publishers Weekly describes him as Islam s gonzo experimentalist Within the American Muslim community, he has earned a reputation as an ostentatious cultural provocateur.He obtained a master s degree from Harvard University in 2011 and is a Ph.D student in islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    392 thoughts on “The Taqwacores”

    1. This is a really fascinating story of a super-small social niche—Muslim punks—who it never even occurred to me to think existed. The story itself was a little clumsy, the writing & structure a bit amateur-ish, but on the whole very readable and, like I said, fascinating. There's a ton of Arabic (Farsi?) sprinkled through, which jars harshly (as was of course the intention) with punk lyrics and plenty of profanity. Basically there's this punk house, like any punk house anywhere—walls co [...]

    2. Holy shit, Muslim punk house! This book rules. I mean, I can't really speak to the central message of 'Islam must evolve, maybe,' because I'm not in charge of Islam at all. I CAN speak to the folks who blurbed it The Catcher In the Rye for Muslims, to whom I say: oh, fuck off. You lose a hundred points every time you call a book the catcher in the rye of or for anything. The Catcher in the Rye is about a privileged kid with no tools for dealing with the fact that most of the world isn't as privi [...]

    3. March 2012"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 life together mixes sex, dope, and religion in roughly equal amounts, expressed in devotion to an Islamo-punk subculture, 'taqwacore,' named for taqwa, [...]

    4. Michael Muhammad Knight's "The Taqwacores" invents a world at the intersection of Islam and youthful America, of religious observance and college (with all its energy and wonder and lust), of prayer and, hardest of all to believe, a Muslim punk movement. And yet somehow Knight makes it work. The locus is a house in the college section of Buffalo, where a collection of young people, not all of them necessarily students, gather to live, pray and party. The house is a place for Muslims to live toge [...]

    5. I wanted to like this book, but couldn't. I guess I had higher expectations - these characters were just typical college students who just wanted to party and behave irresponsibly, just give in to their desires, and didn't want to follow any 'rules' - Islamic or otherwise.There were plenty of complaints about the Qu'ran, the Prophet (s), hadiths, hell and heaven, ICNA conferences, imam and mosques and MSAs, Islam's treatment of women, etc. While I was sympathetic towards a good number of their c [...]

    6. So tedious. I really couldn't wait for this book to end, but I am giving it 3 stars because it exposed me to ideas I hadn't run into before (punk Muslims) and I imagine that 14 year old me would have loved it. However, most of the characters feel more like ideas or sides of an argument than actual people. About 80% of the book is a conversation where someone says to the narrator "Have you ever heard of " The narrator says no and then there is pages of one character going on and on punctuated by [...]

    7. what i learned from the book:1. people practise Islam are varying levels, know Islam at different depths.2. no one can claim to be better than another - everyone is a work-in-progress - being judgemental or critical just breed resentment. 3. the author paints the stark reality of the underbelly of the underbelly of Muslims - many moral issues raised.4. but what disturbs me about the characters was that everyone thought that they were dead right in they way they lived as Muslims.It reminds me to [...]

    8. So, this is one of my fave books. I read it twice in June of '05, and then I lent it to a good friend who was teaching anarchist/alternative politics at the time, and he lent it to one of his dumpster-diving, freight-hopping, tree-planting, vegan, *amazing* students (no really, I loved those kids. they were fucking awesome) and I didn't end up getting it back. But, I recently picked up a new copy with a better cover, and I plan on reading it again soon.My take is well, have an open mind. It's a [...]

    9. Congratulations. You have just come across the most vital work of fiction of the new millennium.But first, you are going to have to check your anti-Muslim biases, your western-centric points of view, your right-wing or pro-Christian rhetoric, your music snobbery, your squeamishness and your deeply rooted beliefs of American Exceptionalism at the door. Because according to Michael Muhammad Knight, it isn't the best of us that will bring the world together, it is the worst of us. The fringes of tw [...]

    10. I quite like the idea of straightedge providing a way to be both punk and (fairly) orthodox Muslim, but on the whole found this quite frustrating. My major gripe is that there is little space for empathy with any of the characters: Knight adopts a gonzo pose where the writing style is pretty flat, and despite some appealing characteristics, they all remain fairly distant people about whom we are not expected to care. More annoying is that despite the smatterings of Arabic – the stuff that isn' [...]

    11. This book tells the story of a fictional muslim-punk (taqwacore) scene in Buffalo filled with such colorful characters as a tattooed straight-edge fundamentalist, a riot girl in a patch-covered burqa, a pothead sufi, and other slices of the muslim ummah transplanted into slices of the punk scene. It is heavy on the arabic/islamic terms so if one is uninitiated, it would be good to have a reference at hand to clear a few things up.Knight's book would certainly draw a 1,000 more fatwahs than anyth [...]

    12. Unbelievingly irreverent at times, but has its redeeming moments in some of the characters monologues. Would have appreciated a little bit more subtlely in the authors approach, but I think I will forever have the descriptive image of the Muslim punk house inscribed in my mind.

    13. I would never have heard of The Taqwacores were it not for a story in The New York Times in December which referenced it. The book has an underground reputation as an Islamic “Catcher In the Rye,” and at times it reads like just that. The title comes from the mixing of the word hardcore with Taqwa - an Arabic word meaning “fear of the Divine.”The book’s narrator, Yusef Ali, is a Pakistani-American college student living in Buffalo, N.Y. in a house full of Muslim punk rockers. Yes, you [...]

    14. Few times have I read a book that have forced me to stay up extra late to get "just one more page" in. Michael Muhammad Knight does that expertly with his story of Muslim Punks living in Buffalo. Each character within the story is a different archetype of Islam (from the fundamentalist Umar to liwaticore Muzammil and everything in between), and this works wonderfully to see the interactions and reactions of varying belief systems. Especially engaging was Rabeya, the burqa-wearing feminist who cr [...]

    15. Nenne fünf Worte, die dir zu dem Begriff Islam einfallen!Wetten, dass darunter garantiert nicht Punk, Haschisch, Oralsex, Alkohol oder ähnliches nicht als halal (erlaubt) Definiertes auftauchen? Dafür aber in diesem Buch.Der Autor, selbst zum Islam konvertiert, beschreibt das Leben in einer WG, die ausschließlich von Muslimen bewohnt wird, darunter Punks, eine Burka tragende Feministin und auch völlig 'normale' Bewohner wie der Ich-Erzähler Yusef. Alle ringen damit, auf ihre Art den richti [...]

    16. 3.5/5 What I dislike about this book:1. Vehement usage of F word throughout this book. But that is the punky-style, I suppose?2. The obscenity and blasphemy/profanity - even the publisher has removed certain words and replaced them with ***, uneasy feelings still aroused while reading *** Muhammad (pbuh) or *** Imam Husayn (r.a). I don't want to pretend I'm okay with it, because (to me) that is absolutely not okay.What I like about this book (or more likely things that I learnt):1. Blatant hones [...]

    17. As you may already know, this is a fictional story about a punk house in Buffalo filled entirely with Muslim punks. While reading this book, I also watched the documentary Taqwacore which is about the author getting a few Muslim punk bands together and touring the US. I recommend watching the documentary in addition to reading the book because I think it adds some insight into the author's motivations. The documentary comes across a little like, "White Guy Discovers Islam, Writes a Book." I was [...]

    18. Check out the documentary Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam --It's fantastic. This book . . . not so much.It's a coming of age story, but it never quite escapes from the juvenile. Through one of the central prophet-type punk characters, who is supposedly super-charismatic, Knight romanticizes the drunken philosophizing anyone can hear in college, romanticizes living in filth, smoking pot, breaking sh*t, listening to your favorite bands, yelling swear words at random strangers, and general adole [...]

    19. SPOILER FREEIt was an excellent book! I really enjoyed every moment while I was reading it. It was hilarious, informative, eye opening, well written and really interesting. Though I have to point out that this would be a slightly challenging book for those who don't come from Muslim communities or are Muslim because a lot of the references are pretty "in depth" within Islam and its' culture. This is not the book to read when wanting to explore or know more about Islam because this book is as pro [...]

    20. If you're a Muslim and you want to read this book, you'll need two things. First, you'll need an open mind. Second, you need to suspend your judgment while reading it. If you don't, you won't even get past the Introduction. Why? Because it's the lyrics to a song called, "Muhammad Was A Punk Rocker". And I'm not talking about your average Muhammad the cab driver or Muhammad the college kid from Pakistan. Get my drift, yes? That being said, I thought this book was a blast! As fan of punk rock myse [...]

    21. When I'm reading, I usually keep track of certain moments of the book, and reactions to them, so I can build the review as the book progresses. This one stumps me. I had so many quips that now that were wiped out by the ending. The book raises questions of religious identity, and optics sure. The book is so jam packed with references from political discord, oppression, religious studies, punk rock and even the Eisenhower highway system, that at times my head was spinning more than the vinyl hotl [...]

    22. If you come from a typical conservative Muslim background, some of the dialog and ideas in this book will probably have your jaw hit the floor, and others will resonate in a way that you've never experienced because no one really put it into words. This is an extremely unique take on American Punk culture fusing with culturally disenfranchised American Muslim youth resulting in a hybrid movement known as Taqwacore. In essence this is a short narrative about alienation in the Muslim community, th [...]

    23. I was told that this book is remarkable not for its writing, but what it stands for. The idea of it, the people it created, was at first incredibly provocative to me. But then I started reading. And I dealt, in not equal proportions, some of each of the following sentiment:1. Exasperation over another published writer who needs to show more, tell less.2. Disturbance of the level of blasphemy it gets to at times.3. A pretentiousness that irks. It does not prevail throughout, but when it does aris [...]

    24. Please click here for my Examiner review: examiner/examiner/x-83 Now with LARGER TYPE and LINKS TO TAQWACORE BANDS! Click here for my interview with the author: dscriber/home/200-talkThis novel about a fictional Islamic punk rock subset (crash pads with anarchy symbols on Saudi flags, holes smashed in the wall to indicate the direction of Mecca) which later became a reality (whether as a result of this book or not I can't say, though that's part of its hype) reads well. The voice goes back and f [...]

    25. I realize that just because I relate to something doesn't make it universal. However, I found the struggles of these characters to balance peer culture, family history, tradition, faith, spirituality, and lifestyle orientation (this doesn't quite get at what I'm talking about, but it's the only way I can describe the orientation toward living one's life according to one's values) - this struggle felt universal. I'm grateful that the author used situations and traditions that are quite unfamiliar [...]

    26. Publicado en lecturaylocura/the-taqwaco“The Taqwacores” de Michael Muhammad Knight. La raíz del punk islámicoNacido en Nueva York en 1977, Michael Muhammad Knight descubrió a los 16 años el Islam tras leer la biografía de Malcolm X, viajó a Islamabad para profundidad en la realidad del islamismo militante llegando a cambiar de opinión y a cuestionarse la ortodoxia musulmana, sus restricciones y su rigidez doctrinal. Fue así como decidió escribir “The taqwacores”, novela fundacio [...]

    27. I picked this book up because one of the reviews called the author the Hunter S Thompson of Islamic literature. No one can compare to Hunter S Thompson and I disagree with the review but I’m really glad I got pulled in by it. I had no idea punk Muslim culture existed! This book was a cool learning experience about 1: a religion I don’t know much about 2: a subculture I never would have thought existed anywhere, but I will definitely be looking into in the near future. I’m really glad this [...]

    28. It was a pain in the ass trying to find a copy of this book, but I'm glad I tracked it down. This cute little novel is punk rock, sacrilegious, painful, gritty. As American a coming of age story as Catcher in the Rye, and more fun to read, even if the protagonists of both those books share a certain annoying smugness that isn't my fav.

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