Our Flemish correspondent VH sends this fascinating material about the emergence of a new musical genre: Muslim punk.
The article quoted here was already in English, and VH has translated one of the Dutch-language comments accompanying it.
From Dutch website HoeiBoei:
Taqwacore ‘the birth of Punk Islam’
Three years in the making, this feature documentary follows the progression of the Muslim Punk scene: from its imaginary inception in a novel written by a white-convert named Michael Muhammad Knight to a full-blown, real-life scene of Muslim punk bands and their fans.
“This song is for all the homosexuals!”
[WARNING: some of the language in this video is not PG-13.]
When he was 17, Michael Knight left his mother’s home in Rochester to study Islam at a Pakistani madrassa…
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…It was his first act of rebellion — against his abusive, schizophrenic, white-supremacist father. Years later, burned out on the demands of religious dogma, Mike rebelled once more — by penning a Muslim Punk manifesto called The Taqwacores. His work of fiction struck a chord with young Muslims around the world and before long, real-life Taqwacore bands were creating a scene. This film follows Michael and his band of Muslim punks as they journey across the U.S. and Pakistan, transforming their worlds, their religion and themselves through the spirit of Taqwacore.
A comment at HoeiBoei [vanhetgoor]:
Today by chance I again discussed in a conversation with someone the book Blood by Roel van Duyn [Sixties Amsterdam left-wing extremist hippie “Provo” frontman, nowadays GreenLeft — translator]. It takes something that is so repulsive to open people’s eyes. But while opening these people’s eyes there are always individuals who do not understand that it is a deliberate reversal and exaggeration.
This is just something like that. Someone who adopts Islam to shock, acquires followers who will not see it as an act like that of Marilyn Manson. But still this is a dangerous phenomenon, not because it mocks common sense but because they themselves can be taken in by the lies, and then there is no possibility anymore of escape.
Note: Taqwa means God-fearing, or “fear, clinging to obedience to Allah”.