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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, Knight's novel was instrumental in encouraging the growth of a contemporary North American Muslim punk movement.
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.
- "Young Muslims Build a Subculture on an Underground Book", New York Times, Dec 2008
- "Islamic Street Preachers: From Boston to Lahore & Beyond", Guardian, April 2007
- Photography by Kim Badawi on Taqwacore, Pangea Magazine
- The Taqwacores (book) webpage at Autonomedia
- "Muhammad Rocked the Casbah by Lydia Craft", "Texas Observer"
- ^ 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.
- ^ Knight, Michael Muhammad (2007), [Expression error: Missing operand for > Blue-eyed Devil], Autonomedia, ISBN 978-1593762407