The Book

The Taqwacores


The Taqwacores is the debut novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, depicting a fictitious Islamic punk rock scene.

Knight originally self-published the novel in a spiral-bound, xeroxed form and gave away copies for free. The book was later picked up for distribution by Alternative Tentacles. An encounter with Peter Lamborn Wilson led to The Taqwacores being published by Autonomedia in 2004.

The novel has since inspired the start of an actual taqwacore scene, including bands such as the Kominas, Vote Hezbollah, and Secret Trial Five.

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