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This article is about the Taqwacore music movement;
For the documentary by Omar Majeed Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, see Taqwacore (film).
For the book The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight, see The Taqwacores.

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] 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.

There is not a definitive "taqwacore sound," as artists incorporate various styles, ranging from punk to hip-hop, and musical traditions from the Muslim world; the Kominas describe their sound as "Bollywood punk", Sagg Taqwacore Syndicate are rap and techno inspired music while Al-Thawra uses the term "raicore", based on Arabic Raï music.[citation needed]

External links

  1. ^ Manzoor, Sarfraz (10 January 2010). "Whatever happened to that Asian punk band?". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/10/alien-kulture-asian-punk-band. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Knight, Michael Muhammad (2007), [Expression error: Missing operand for > Blue-eyed Devil], Autonomedia, ISBN 978-1593762407 

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