The Taqwacores is the latest literary sensation to inspire rebellious Muslim youth across America, launching a new kind of Muslim subculture. It's 100% American and 100% Muslim and it may be coming to a theater near you real soon.
Muhammad Knight was born an Irish Catholic in upstate New York and converted to Islam as a teenager. He studied at a mosque in Pakistan but became disillusioned with Islam after learning about the sectarian battles after the death of Muhammad.
He said he wrote The Taqwacores to mend the rift between his being an observant Muslim and an angry American youth. He found validation in the life of Muhammad, who instructed people to ignore their leaders, destroy their petty deities and follow only Allah.