Who Is the Real Muslim Woman Superhero?

By Samina Ali

By now, many of you know that Marvel Comic’s next Ms. Marvel will be Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old high school student from Jersey City who happens to be a Muslim. With the award-winning writer, G. Willow Wilson, penning her adventures, I’m confident Kamala Khan will be a welcome change from the usual, belittling media depiction of the Muslim woman as Victim or Terrorist.

What some of you may not know is that a similarly intolerant climate is what prompted the creation of some of our best known superheroes. In the 1930s, as fascism was spreading across Europe, Bat Man and Superman were created by young, Jewish men in America and Canada to counter the hate and stereotypes that were overtaking the continent.

Looking back at history, I can’t imagine that any one of us would agree with these fascist thoughts and ideals. I think most of us would quickly distance ourselves from such notions. [Read more...]

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