Description - The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight
Yusef is living in Buffalo, New York with a group of Muslim punks. A pot-smoking mohawked Sufi called Jehangir plays the rooftop call to prayer on his electric guitar, while debates rage downstairs about the Quranic sources for Iggy Pop songs. With a living-room serving as mosque by day and hosting punk parties by night, and a hole in the wall marking the direction of Mecca, Yusef's friends are all dealing with what it means to be young and Muslim in modern-day America. Amidst all this, Yusef embarks on a fascinating, clumsy journey towards faith and love in this surprising and unsettling read.
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(200mm x 130mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Michael Muhammad Knight
Michael Muhammad Knight grew up Irish Catholic and converted to Islam aged 16 after reading Malcolm X's autobiography. At 17 he travelled to Pakistan to study at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. Michael originally published The Taqwacores by hand on photocopiers to distribute from his car in mosque parking lots. Since then the novel has been confiscated in Malaysia, taught in numerous colleges and universities and cited as an influence in the American Muslim woman-led prayer movement.