The Taqwacores tells the story of a group of Muslim punks “who smoked dope, read scripture, slam-danced, prayed, had sex, and embodied the tolerance and compassion that Islam encouraged but that, in Knight’s view, were being neglected in favor of rules and rigidity.”
Since the novel came out, many Muslim punk bands have formed, and I increasingly see or hear about talented musicians with Muslim names. Now, they face the challenge of avoiding being pigeon-holed as “Muslim musicians,” and letting their music speak for itself.
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