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The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight
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Feb 25, 2010

really liked it

I realize that just because I relate to something doesn't make it universal. However, I found the struggles of these characters to balance peer culture, family history, tradition, faith, spirituality, and lifestyle orientation (this doesn't quite get at what I'm talking about, but it's the only way I can describe the orientation toward living one's life according to one's values) - this struggle felt universal. I'm grateful that the author used situations and traditions that are quite unfamiliar to me in his portrayal of this struggle. I also deeply appreciated the ways that these characters remained true to their own truth in a quest to experience the sparks of truth within their religion. I'm copying a few passages to keep for inspiration as I look at my own quest to connect my values orientation, spiritual experience, and articulation of faith - in a tradition that is equally as unfriendly (on the surface) to me as Islam seems to be unfriendly to punk.
It works.
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