The word Taqwacore is a combination of hardcore, a genre of punk music, and taqwa, an Arabic word that translates as “piety” or “god-fearing.” The first to use the term was writer, journalist, and Muslim convert Michael Muhammad Knight. His novel “The Taqwacores,” about a group of young Islamic punk rockers, received a storm of recognition among young American Muslims and prompted the formation of various Muslim punk bands. —International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Half a star for when the white guy slaps his own chest until it’s v. red, in order to fit in w/ his brown brethren. Another half a star for the fact that “Taqwacore” started out fictional and then became a thing that people did for real. Otherwise, this piece-of-shit movie is something only a guilty white man could pretend to like.
Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam reveals two intersecting narratives about spirtual awakening. Michael Muhammad Knight, a Pentecostal preacher's son, converts to Islam at 15 in New York. After meeting his father, a self-identified white supremacist, Knight moves to Islamabad, Pakistan, for immersive Islamic study. His conversion inspires him to write The Taqwacores a book that attracts Muslim youth to punk culture.