Monday, December 17, 2007

Muslim Punk Rock

"Taqwacore," a strain of punk music that revolves around the Arab-American experience got its start in ... San Antonio?

From the San Antonio Express:

The Muslim population in the San Antonio metropolitan area is estimated at nearly 3,200, according to a Association of Religion Data Archives 2000 study. Muslim leaders here say there are at least 6,000 active Muslims in the area and thousands more who don't regularly attend a mosque.

The Observer article says that the number could be as high as 30,000. That sounds roughly equivalent to the number of Muslims who live in Dearborn, Michigan, but that 's only a chunk of the estimated 500,000 Muslims in the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Though, one could argue that this sort of rebellion could only be fostered in a smaller community.

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