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‘There is a cool Islam—you just have to find it’

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 17, 2011 | 3:01 pm

I’m mentioned before Muslim metalheads and punk rockers, but I hadn’t heard of “The Taqwacores”—the book, the film or the movement—until I saw this post on the RNS Blog today:

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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