Asif Akhtar

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It already seems like high-censorship season in Pakistan, with Facebook and YouTube being banned by the Lahore high court over the “Draw Muhammad” contest. However, a much more interesting collision is taking place on the media peripheries in Pakistan, only this time the conflict isn’t between Islam and the west but between Muslims with very different views of Islam.

Nearly a year after its release, the controversial documentary titled Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam seems finally to have triggered a response from the conservative clerics it censures, after the film was screened at Lahore’s National College of Arts.

The documentary follows a group of Muslim punk bands inspired to unite under the banner of “taqwacore” and tour the United States after reading Michael Muhammad Knight’s novel based on fictionalised Muslim punks with alternative views on Islam.…  Seguir leyendo »