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Graphic novels and comics on the Middle East. Using Film and Literature to Further a Global Studies Agenda in the Humanities Classroom A. David Lewis. Super Hero Sholat , Anonymous (Indonesia). Overview. Entry points Muslim Superhero Collection Next Stages. Entry Points.

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Graphic novels and comics on the middle east

Graphic novels and comics on the Middle East

Using Film and Literature to Further a Global Studies Agenda in the Humanities Classroom

A. David Lewis

Super Hero Sholat, Anonymous (Indonesia)


Overview
Overview

  • Entry points

  • Muslim Superhero Collection

  • Next Stages


Entry points
Entry Points

  • Sandman #50 (1993)

  • 9-11 charity anthologies (2001-2002)

  • Persepolis (2002)

  • Palestine (2003, US)

  • The 9-11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (2006)

  • Arab in America (2008)

  • Cairo (2008), Air (2009-2011)

  • Aaron and Ahmed (2011)


Muslim superheroes collection
Muslim Superheroes Collection

  • 1st in the country

  • Shared moral codes

  • For researchers to have a centralized resource

  • For readers to gain appreciation of characters

  • Thirty-year span

  • Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Teshkeel

  • Over seventy-five individual issues



Muslim superheroes collection1
Muslim Superheroes Collection

  • To affirm the congruency between superhero morality and Islamic ethics,

  • To confront misleading or unflattering popular depictions of Muslim "heroes,“

  • To provide a research repository of printed works for further analysis of Islam in popular culture, and

  • To encourage reader and creative communities to engage further with such characters.


Characters
Characters

  • “Fodder”

    • Sinbad

    • Damascus

    • The Veil

    • Batal

    • Arabian Knight II


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BU Today: “Holy Burkas, Batman!”


Locations
Locations

  • Qurac

  • Trans-Sabal

  • Kahndaq (from khandaq, “that which had been dug”)

    • “on the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula”


Impressions
Impressions

  • Often unseen practice

  • Heroes’ sanction

    • JLA/The 99

  • Magic

    • Swords, stones, metals

  • Educated, “Westernized,” “Costume”

    • Medical training, English speaking

  • Fictional atlas

    • Tokenism

    • Reticence


Next stages
Next Stages

  • “Once the Collection is underway and has been evaluated, this could be more widely expanded in a second wave to include European and non-English instances. Moreover, webcomic examples could be explored as could a virtual showcase…”

  • My call…


Next stages1
Next Stages

  • Habibi by Craig Thompson

  • “Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them.”


Next stages2
Next Stages

  • Holy Terror by Frank Miller

The graphic novel “is a reminder that we’re in the midst of a long war” and “the enemy that we’re up against is pernicious, deceptive and merciless and wants nothing less than total destruction.” – Miller, quoted by Wired Magazine


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Some Data & Images Provided By

Associated Press, Prof. Bart Beaty, DC Comics, Legendary Pictures, Marvel Comics, The Marvel Comics Database, Neal Underleider, Pantheon Books, themockingnerd.blogspot.com, The Wikipedia Foundation

Priere du fahjr & Priere du duhr,

Adhraf Doulous (Paris, 2008)


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