You will be pondering a lot after this read. One point though that I would like to make is that the comparisons with The Catcher In The Rye are completely ridiculous. Knight shows you that as well by helping you understand that the values which the adherents ascribe to their respective movements are really all that truly matter in the end. As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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However, I found the struggles of these taqwscores 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 taqwacoes life according to one’s values – this struggle felt universal.

Maybe just put the book down after the first masturbation scene. Yes, you read that correctly – Muslim punk rockers. It needs to exist. Anne Marie Leighton as Lynn.


I really did not have to hear this much about the guy’s penis. Must acknowledge that films like these are the reason why Sundance will always be special. If not, they will just waste away in irrelevance. 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 privileged as he is, and that sucks, but he has no tools to do anything about it so he whines all the time.


Click here for my interview with the author: If you don’t, you won’t even get past the Introduction.

The Taqwacores

As you may already know, this is a fictional story about a punk house in Buffalo filled entirely with Muslim punks. In the end, however, I find that the book’s merits far outweigh my nitpicking complaints. Character’s baldly declare what taqwafores about; everything’s on the surface. Ultimately, Yusef begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies.

The Taqwacores 6. There’s a girl who wears a full burka—which is covered with punk band patches.

The Taqwacores – review

The title is a portmanteau of taqwaan Islamic concept of love and fear for Allahand Hardcoregaqwacores punk rock subgenre. Audible Download Audio Books. May 20, Joke rated it liked it Shelves: Both are viewed by outsiders as unified, cohesive communities, when nothing can be further from the truth.

Aside from Jehangir, there’s taqwqcores devout, bullying hard-ass Umar Nav Mann —a “straight edge,” in the local vernacular—plus the Asian-looking skateboard slacker Fasiq, who figures, “The Koran only forbids alcohol. He moves—rather improbably, given his conservative nature—into a building inhabited by various punky misfits it is unclear whether they are also students wrestling with their cultural and religious identity. Their life together mixes sex, dope, and religion in roughly equal amounts, expressed in devotion to an Islamo-punk subculture, ‘taqwacore,’ named for taqwaan Arabic term for consciousness of the divine.


As fan of punk rock myself, all the taqwacoores rock references really brought back a lot of fond memories for me.


It would have taken away from the story to have footnotes or a glossary, and I think that The Taqwacores is far better for leaving out this aspect.

For the film, see The Taqwacores film. As tqqwacores seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. Taqwacors irreverent at times, but has its redeeming moments in taqqwacores of the characters monologues. Unfortunately, I think that Knight stumbled a bit at the end. So, it is a good book, not a great book, and pretty frustrating but with some cultural assumptions and characters that unsettle outsider’s views of Islam as a monolithic singularity: It reminds me to seek God’s guidance and help in everything.

If you’re a Muslim, you’ll be very familiar with all characters. Jehangir’s dream is a victim of its own pluralism.