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Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam

Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (2009)

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Michael Muhammad Knight's 2003 novel The Taqwacores told the story of a handful of Muslim punk rockers living in New York who form a band to spread the word about their faith. While the story was fiction, Knight's story inspired a small but vocal handful of real-life Muslim rock fans who struggle to combine their love of aggressive music with lyrics that celebrate Islamic teachings ("Taqwacore" comes from "Taqwa," an Arabic word which refers to deep and sincere religious faith, and "Hardcore," a

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The film follows the history of a hybrid cultural movement inspired by a novel.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Muslim punk rock and an author's bizarre ride into the homeland

July 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It's easy to root against these coming-of-agers, who wear their confusion on their vintage T's and walk the line between self-persecution and deliberate outward agitation.

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A documentary that -- like its protagonist -- isn't quite sure what it wants to say, but has enough Spinal Tap moments to at least loudly entertain.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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