[Video] The Taqwacores ‘”God-fearing”, and Punk US Culture
April 27, 2010 Leave a comment
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, 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.
The first bands to use the term taqwacore are The Kominas, Vote Hezbollah and the Sagg Taqwacore Syndicate. Other bands on the scene include Diacritical and Secret Trial Five. (source)