Impossible Man

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Soft Skull Press, 1 kwi 2009 - 272
Recognized by readers of his novel, The Taqwacores, as the godfather of American Muslim punk, Michael Muhammad Knight is a voice for the growing number of teenagers who choose neither side of the “Clash of Civilizations.” Knight has now written his personal story, a chronicle of his bizarre and traumatic boyhood and his conversion to Islam during a turbulent adolescence.
Impossible Man follows a boy’s struggle in coming to terms with his father—a paranoid schizophrenic and white supremacist who had threatened to decapitate Michael when he was a baby—and his father’s place in his own identity. It is also the story of a teenager’s troubled path to maturity and the influences that steady him along the way. Knight’s encounter with Malcolm X’s autobiography transforms him from a disturbed teenager engaged in correspondence with Charles Manson to a zealous Muslim convert who travels to Pakistan and studies in a madrassa. Later disillusioned by radical religion, he again faces the crisis of self-definition.
For all its extremes, Impossible Man describes a universal journey: a wounded boy in search of a working model of manhood, going to outrageous lengths to find it.
 

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With self-deprecating irony, spiritual fervor, and chapter headings like "prostrations and ejaculations," this account of a young American man's conversion to Islam is unlike anything else you are ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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0 holy ghost and fire 1
1
1 heroes and heroworship 15
15
2 the battle of swamp road 27
27
3 creep jr 35
35
4 helter skelter 49
49
5 elhajj malik elshabazz 59
59
6 prostrations and ejaculations 73
73
7 malik alkafi khan 87
87
15 mein amriken musalman hoon 179
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16 the strongest man 189
189
17 goat head soup 199
199
18 drops of hellfire 211
211
19 going home 229
229
20 out of step 241
241
21 slayers of husayn 249
249
22 in the name of vince mcmahon 267
267

8 if were lucky his brain is shot to shit 101
101
9 the one percenters 115
115
10 witness 131
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11 actual facts 143
143
12 full power 151
151
13 a new hope 161
161
14 traveling through hyperspace aint like dusting crops boy 169
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23 history of the egyptian wrestling federation 281
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24 the furious cock 295
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25 manchild in the north country 303
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26 manned missiles 319
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27 dutch sailors 327
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Michael Muhammad Knight is a novelist, essayist, and journalist. He is the subject of a forthcoming documentary on the "Taqwacore" movement which was spawned by his first novel and was recently interviewed by the New Yorker and LA Times for forthcoming features. He is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and even academic conferences.

His first novel, The Taqwacores, about a group of Islamic punk rockers living in Buffalo, inspired a real-life “taqwacore” scene of Muslim punk bands, for which the novel has been hailed as a manifesto in coverage by Newsweek, The Guardian, The Star, Rolling Stone, on BBC’s Newsnight, and countless other media. It is also credited with inspiring the American Muslim woman-led prayer movement.

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