Thursday, December 03, 2009
muslim punk rock on "time" magazine...
Muslim Punk Rock: A Mashup of Piety and Politics
By Carla Power
When Jimi Hendrix smashed his guitar in the 1960s, it was clear he was attacking the Establishment. When a Muslim punk rocker smashes up a guitar outside an American Muslim convention, the now-standard rock 'n' roll trope gains a few new meanings. These young punks are taking on every establishment going: Muslim, American and Muslim American. "In this so-called war of civilizations, we're giving the finger to both sides," says the godfather of the Muslim punk movement, Michael Muhammad Knight, in Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, a new documentary by Pakistani-Canadian director Omar Majeed. As a mashup of piety and politics, hard-core music and anarchy, the Muslim punk movement makes the Sex Pistols look like Fleetwood Mac.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1942942,00.html?xid=rss-topstories#ixzz0YgcJwoMe