Snapshots from the Muslim-Punk Underground

Friday, July 24, 2009 - 07:53 PM

This week on Studio 360, Nick Heling talks to Muslim punk rockers The Kominas about taqwacore, the movement inspired by novelist Michael Muhammad Knight's 2002 novel The Taqwacores. Photographer Kim Badawi met Knight shortly after Taqwacores was published, and in 2006 began tagging along on tours with taqwa bands The Kominas and Secret Trial Five, snapping pics of the scene in its infancy. Now that taqwacore is a raging adolescent, Brooklyn publisher powerHouse (which specializes in not-your-mamma's coffee table books) has come out with a beautiful new book of Badawi's photos: The Taqwacores: Muslim Punk in the U.S.A.. What I love about Badawi's photos are the juxtapositions: there's the obligatory sex, drugs, and thrashing guitars, but also veiled heads, prayer rugs, and band members bowed towards Mecca.

 

Bassist Basim Usmani getting married shortly before The Kominas kick-off their 2007 TaqwaTour...

Bassist Basim Usmani getting married shortly before The Kominas' 2007 TaqwaTour...

 

...and playing a basement show in Chicago with Shahjehan Khan

...and playing a basement show in Chicago with Shahjehan Khan

 

Taqwacores crash on the floor of a mosque

Taqwacores crash on the floor of a mosque

 

Listen to Nick's interview with Michael Muhammad Knight and The Kominas:

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Comments [3]

Cláudia

subhanAllah... this is so bad!! How low can Muslims fall?? Shaytan is winning people, wake up before it's too late! he is winning each one of you and will lead you to Hell... WAKE UP!

Jul. 19 2010 10:48 PM
Intellect

Use your intellect and fear Allah , it is not from our Religion to do such things! Shaytan is pleased when he see's Muslims
go away from their dine. Think one minute is that meaningless music , is part of the Sunna or was it known by the sahabs?
Satanic music , for people without way.

Jun. 18 2010 01:21 PM
onlineinsurancece

This is completely awesome. Maybe they make it to the Boston area?

Jul. 24 2009 09:02 PM

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