Category: Books

Books highlighted in these articles deal with religion from a variety of perspectives.

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Young Muslims Build a Subculture on an Underground Book

The Taqwacores Five years ago, young Muslims across the United States began reading and passing along a blurry, photocopied novel called “The Taqwacores,” about imaginary punk rock Muslims in Buffalo.

The novel is “The Catcher in the Rye” for young Muslims, said Carl W. Ernst, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Springing from the imagination of Michael Muhammad Knight, it inspired disaffected young Muslims in the United States to form real Muslim punk bands and build their own subculture.

Drawn & Quartered: Manga with Christianity as its main basis

Regardless of whether you’re religious, you can partake of a fair amount of manga out there with Christianity as its main basis. Granted, such books and stories are not often kind on the subject — usually taking the harder-line stance of the church and God as forces to be feared, with sins coalescing as tangible demons of hell — but then, you shouldn’t really expect to learn all that much from dramatized tales.

In God We Doubt

John Humphrys went looking for God and ended up an angry agnostic — unable to believe but enraged by the arrogance of militant atheists. It’s hard to see the purpose of the world, he says, but don’t blame its evils on religion.