Michael Muhammad Knight
[Punk - Hardcore - Islam]
Set in a Muslim punk-house in Buffalo, New York, this novel explores the twin identities of punk and Islam in their many varieties and degrees of orthodoxy. The story tells of Umar, the straight-edge Sunni, Rabeya, the burqa-clad riot grrl, and Jehangir, the dope-smoking mohawked Sufi and their collective articulation of a heresy-friendly, pluralist Islam. Full of punk references (real and invented) and enough Arabic phrases to fully deck out your skateboard, this is a great introduction to the cracks in the surface of mainstream Islam with a peculiarly American face.
Autonomedia (2005) 256 p. 12 x 18 cm - In English