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    Author(s):
    religioncomics (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Comics Scholarship/Comics Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Comics, Contemporary Islam, Islam, Religious studies
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    American Academy of Religion Annual Conference
    Conf. Org.:
    American Academy of Religion
    Conf. Loc.:
    Boston, MA
    Conf. Date:
    November 18, 2017
    Tag(s):
    veiling, hypersexuality, islamophobia, ms. marvel, representation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6182Z
    Abstract:
    Superheroes with Islamic backgrounds are nothing new, but their critical study is. The recently released Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Religion, and Representation proposes how best to deploy such analysis pedagogically, politically, pluralistically, pervasively, and persuasively. This roundtable considers the book’s contents through its political context in 2017, its concerns with aesthetics of beauty and spirituality, its observations on images and loaded symbols (e.g. niqabs, hypersexualized females, violence), and its challenge to dominant Western notions of heroism. This multi-stage discussion will provide an insider’s perspective on creating such a publication as well as a space to explore the popular portrayal, misuse, opportunities, and future of Muslim characters in the global comics industry.
    Notes:
    This paper was written in response to presentations by Elizabeth Coody, Mohamed Hassan, Constance Kassor, and Aaron Ricker, presided by Scott Gardner and co-sponsored by both the Religion and Popular Culture Unit and the Study of Islam Unit.
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    Last Updated:
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    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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