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Tuesday, December 23, 2021

And, despite the above post-title homage to a Ramones classic, the disaffected youth in Michael Muhammad Knight’s “The Taqwacores” aren’t represented by just a single interpretation of Islam:

A Muslim punk house in Buffalo, New York, inhabited by burqa-wearing riot girls, mohawked Sufis, straightedge Sunnis, Shi’a skinheads, Indonesian skaters, Sudanese rude boys, gay Muslims, drunk Muslims, and feminists. Their living room hosts parties and prayers, with a hole smashed in the wall to indicate the direction of Mecca. Their life together mixes sex, dope, and religion in roughly equal amounts, expressed in devotion to an Islamo-punk subculture, “taqwacore,” named for taqwa, an Arabic term for consciousness of the divine.

Originally self-published on photocopiers and spiralbound by hand, The Taqwacores has now come to be read as a manifesto for Muslim punk rockers and a “Catcher in the Rye for young Muslims.”

I’m wondering why Knight went decidedly oldschool with photocopied dissemination of his work. Why not start online? Regardless, it’s definitely taken off, and the in-production indie movie based on the novel will spread this phenomenon even further.

You don’t tap into this kind of raw energy with Christian rock. The melding of traditional Muslim conservatism and adolescent/young adult angst into a punk-rock crystallization seems an unlikely outcome, which goes to show you how unpredictable things get in the American melting pot.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/23/2008 08:15pm
Category: Pop Culture, Publishing, Society
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This winter, the roads in Ankeny, Iowa are not only ice-free, but tangy as well:

The garlic salt, which would have ended up in a landfill if it hadn’t been donated by Tone Brothers Inc., a local spice producer, apparently works just fine when mixed with regular road salt.

Public Works Administrator Al Olson told the media that the only side-effect is that some public workers say it makes them hungry.

One such employee, who was interviewed by a local news crew, said, “It makes you feel like ordering a steak and a baked potato.” Another worker said his dog started licking the garlic from his pants when he got home.

Added bonus: The roadkill in central Iowa is sure to turn out mighty tasty this season…

(Via dustbury)

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 12/23/2008 11:22am
Category: Food, Weather
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