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The Taqwacores is a book by Michael Muhammad Knight and the name adopted by a movement led by Muslim-American punks. These youth have decided to build a community that fits with their own experiences, values, and taste in music. They live a punk lifestyle and follow their own rules whether or not they are considered halal, or permissible, in Islam. For the most part, these punks are angry with the shortcomings of their parents’ values and mainstream American culture. The music is part of a larger struggle to make sense of the inner conflict and discrimination young adults face as both Muslim and American since 9/11 attacks.
Michael Muhammad Knight is a novelist, writer, and journalist. He is the author of The Taqwacores.
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