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The Taqwacores

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Eyad Zahra
Produced by David Perse
Allison Carter
Nahal Ameri
Written by Screenplay:
Eyad Zahra
Michael Muhammad Knight
Michael Muhammad Knight
Starring Dominic Rains
Bobby Naderi
Noureen Dewulf
Music by The Kominas
Omar Fadel
Cinematography Jeff Cronenweth
Editing by Josh Rosenfield
Country United States
Language English

The Taqwacores is a 2010 film adaptation of the 2003 novel The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight. The film was directed by Eyad Zahra and stars Bobby Naderi, Dominic Rains, and Noureen Dewulf. The film imagines a fictitious Islamic Punk Rock scene through characters living in a punk house in Buffalo, NY.


A sophomore majoring in engineering, Yusef (Bobby Naderi) seeks living quarters with fellow Muslims after a year in the godless dorms. He moves -- rather improbably, given his conservative nature -- into a building inhabited by various punky misfits (it's unclear whether they're also students) wrestling with their cultural and religious identity. Or, as pink-mohawked guitarist Jehangir (Dominic Rains) puts it, their "mismatching of disenfranchised subcultures."

Others include ever-shirtless skateboarding wild man Amazing Ayyub (Volkan Eryaman), spike-haired stoner Fasiq (Ian Tran) and brawny, glowering Umar (Nav Mann), the would-be moral enforcer in a houseful of rebels against Koran strictures. Sole female in residence is Rabeya (Noureen DeWulf), who wears a head-to-toe black burka yet is full of ideas that might be considered blasphemous.

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