Taqwacore, not Muslim Punk
Michael Muhammad Knight refuses to define Taqwacore, but he does give a short summary for how he came to popularize the term. Taqwa means, roughly, fear or reverence for God. In the comments to his post, Cihan 8Bit explains very articulately what's going on, why "Taqwacore" and "Muslim (sub)culture(s)" are not equivalent. I thought it needed to be reposted here:
"These little ethnographic subsections of Islam that revolve around a certain geographies culture, whether it be wearing a veil or wearing an Ashford and Simpson hawk vest, whether listening to made-up prayers or to Rakim espousing on supreme mathematics, this is all-good for remembrance (dzikr) and through the repetition of this remembrance we can technically transcend our lower selves which is the point — (we should all read up more on esoteric and marginal traditions, teach our brothers and sisters, bring our adapted view into the world) — however, Islam, to me and my ghostbusting buddies, is bigger than a boundary of habits and the art of repetition. It’s even bigger than religion to most of us. It’s both non-existing and participating, refinement and blunting. This leads into this idea of ethnic consensus (or when these ethnographic subsection all start acting one way within a coded decision matrix) and to the question of what is ideal refinement for each community; desi’s, turk’s, malaysians, yemeni, etc, etc. Glyph structures, symbolism, traditions all put a tint on truth — thats should be an explation of why the term 'Muslim Punk' sucks big donkey dick."
I believe Cihan's objecting less to the "Muslim" in "Muslim Punk" than to the "Punk," which he thinks shouldn't be about dhikr alone--about subculture?--but rather about something much more active and significant.