[Video] The Taqwacores ‘”God-fearing”, and Punk US Culture

Taqwacore (full title Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam) is a latest film documentary that tries to show the place of music in Islam. It produced in 2009 as a documentary by director Omar Majeed produced by EyeSteelFilm about a number of Taqwacore bands and performers touring the United States and Pakistan. The documentary was filmed during three years 2007 to 2009.

Taqwacore is a genre of punk music dealing with Islam and its culture, originally conceived in Michael Muhammad Knight’s 2003 novel, The Taqwacores. The name is a portmanteau of hardcore and the Arabic word Taqwa, which is usually translated as “piety” or the quality of being “God-fearing”, and thus roughly denotes fear and love of the divine. Although Muslim punk music dates at least to the 1979 founding of British band Alien Kulture,[1] and in the 90’s, Nation Records act Fundamental and Asian Dub Foundation, this is the first example of US Islamist punk. Knight’s novel was instrumental in encouraging the growth of a contemporary North American Muslim punk movement.[2]

The first bands to use the term taqwacore are The Kominas, Vote Hezbollah and the Sagg Taqwacore Syndicate.[citation needed] Other bands on the scene include Diacritical and Secret Trial Five. (source)

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