Does wearing a headscarf suddenly limit musical taste? Remona Aly pens a piece in the Guardian about "the call of rebellion, the claim for independence" she feels when she listens to rock and roll. [Guardian, Image: Kim Badawi]
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Taqwacore—timing, wow! It was just Saturday I was listening to the originator of the term "taqwacore" speak on the radio about how it came about. He's a white guy, a convert to Islam since the age of 16, who basically felt like he had a hard time fitting in in Islam. So, he basically fantasized about a house full of Muslims of all different stripes and philosophies and varying degrees of piousness/liberalness and wrote a book about his fantasy. Then, he got a call from a young Pakistani Muslim guy asking, who are these people you wrote about and how can I get in touch with them? And he said, well, I made them up. And the other dude was like, well, I'm one of those people. So I'm going to make it happen. And that, children, is the origin story of the word "Taqwacore," at least according to NPR. Obviously the young man in question didn't invent the scene, he merely came up with a good label for it.
So, after listening to that story, it makes perfect sense to me that Muslim hijab-wearing women would enjoy rock and roll. Why not?