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What’s “Punk Islam?”

Is there such a thing as “punk Islam” music? There’s an interesting feature on dawn.com today that investigates the concept.

Writer Talha Zaheer says the concept originated from controversial author Michael Muhammad Knight, who embarks on a journey to find punk rockers in America and Pakistan. Zaheer writes:

The independent movie entitled ‘Taqwacore: The birth of Punk Islam’ follows Knight as he travels the length and breadth of America in a decked out chartered school bus to find the Muslim punk rockers facing difficulties and frustration on the music circuit.

The film shows how gigs are cancelled by wary non-Muslim organisers who fear performances by the Muslim punk bands could incite trouble. And though the bands make headway with an audience of Muslim youths at an ISNA convention in Chicago, many of these bands are unceremoniously booted off for fielding female artists on stage.”

There’s little evidence in the feature that the “punk Islam” genre is building a significant following. Yet while it may remain a minority pursuit, but it is still an interesting article that’s worth checking out.

LH

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