Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam
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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 speedy, stripped-down brand of punk rock that emerged in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"The film follows the history of a hybrid cultural movement inspired by a novel."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Muslim punk rock and an author's bizarre ride into the homeland"
‑ Paul Knoll, 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."
‑ Chris Faraone, Boston Phoenix
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