5 thoughts on “Osama Van Halen

  1. I am pretty sure I am not the intended audience for this book (although with a pretty good grasp of the interplay of denominations within Islam, of the pop culture context this addresses, the politics of the era at play – although out here in the English provinces I will admit I am a long way from the youth cultures at the core of the book) with its irreverent, post-modern political take early 21st century Islamic youth cultures in the USA. I really liked the idea (more than the execution) of Kn

  2. Osama Van Halen is not the kind of novel that presents a “world” one can enjoy as a microcosm. Several times, it stops short just before it creates a solid narrative of certain topics. However, this tendency is consistent with the sufistic spirit of self-effacement that the narrator keeps mentioning in the novel. In the first life action part of the novle, Amazing Ayyub initially joins force with Rabeya (both are main characters in Michael Muhammad Knight’s first novel The Taqwacores) in kidnapp

  3. Really, I don’t know what to say about this book. It’s offensive and obscene, but it’s intentionally so. The objectification of women is blatant, and I thought Knight was unaware of how very sexist his work is, but in the end one of Knight’s characters “addresses” that issue, you could say. There are some clever bits of satire scattered through the book, but it’s an uncomfortable read, and I still don’t know what to think of it.

  4. I was actually pretty disappointed in this book. The Taqwacores is one of my favorites and remains as one of my go-to drinking subjects. And, being that that was my only MMK experience, my expectations of Osama Van Halen were rather high.
    While I liked the idea of the author turning himself into a fictional character, it made the reading experience a little odd. The characters were kind of all over the place and so was the storyline. Matt Damon is abducted but then disappears with Rabeya, who sh

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