Muslim punk rock in the United States: a social history of the taqwacores

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sarah Siltanen Hosman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rebecca G. Adams

Abstract: This project develops a social history of a Muslim American punk rock subculture, The Taqwacores. This social history examines the social context in the United States that has facilitated the emergence of Taqwacore, specifically the cultural, political, and social influences in the lives of Taqwacore members. This social history also examines how individuals explain and understand their involvement with Taqwacore and their combination of these two seemingly paradoxical identities. Methods include an analysis of publications about The Taqwacores to understand how the media conceptualize Taqwacore and interviews with musicians and fans in order to understand Taqwacore on an individual level, explore the personal experiences of specific Muslim Americans with Taqwacore, and determine specific motivating factors for involvement in Taqwacore. Drawing on subcultural theory, theories of punk rock, and recent studies on Islamic identity in United States, Taqwacore is conceptualized as an expression of a dual frustration toward the United States and Islam for the individuals involved. Taqwacore also serves as a form of resistance to this dual frustration, a community for those involved, a re-appropriation of punk rock within the United States, and a source of both individual and collective identity construction.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2009
Identity, Islam, Music community, Punk rock, Subculture, Taqwacore
Muslim youth $x Music $x Social aspects $z United States.
Punk rock music.
Punk culture.

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