The Taqwacores (Paperback)
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DescriptionYusef 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.
- Published: 05 March 2007
- Format: Paperback 254 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781846590177 ISBN 10: 1846590175
- Sales rank: 532,046
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Reviews for The Taqwacores
This is quite an extraordinary book. Can be a little slow going for the uninitiated, due to the Arabic language and Islamic reference throughout the text, but is so very, very worth the effort.
I saw the film first, which could help with getting through the book, but it certainly doesn't take anything away from the read. The characters are fully-developed and unrelentingly interesting.
NOTE, however, that this 2007 UK edition is CENSORED. In fact, it cuts out some of the best and most challenging speeches, particularly by Rabeya and Jehangir. If you buy this edition, go to http://autonomedia.org/taqwa_censorship to fill in the gaps. by Courtney Barnes