In 2003, Michael Muhammad Knight published a novel, “The Taqwacores,” about the Islamic punk music scene. Such a scene didn’t exist then, but, thanks to Knight’s book, it does now; inspired by Knight’s book, Islamic punk bands began popping up.

The documentary film “Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam” follows Knight and four Islamic punk bands on tour. Go to to watch the trailer.

The film will be screened tonight followed by a panel discussion and a spoken-word performance with the author. Go to for information.


When: 7 tonight

Where: Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

How much: Free