Islamic Contemporary Music was profiled recently in the NY Times. This line jumped out at me (where he says “music” I think you can safely read “pop music”):
“People say you can’t mix God and music,” Tamer said. “But we’re trying to show you can.”
Interestingly, the story features author Timil al-Fishra, an opponent of ICM, and his book The Jihad for Islamic Music. A younger upstart also opposed to ICM is Faroud “Scott” Al-iol and his book No Sounds in Worship.