A New Feminist Movement? Middle Eastern Hijabis as Superheroes

Aquila By Women’s Voices Now, Wednesday, 18th February 2015   In the late 1980s, feminism in the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) context gained prominence in international debate. Research addressed “the status of women in Muslim countries through two frames: the inhibiting effects of Islam and the potential for reform through norms building.” Many contemporary scholars concluded, “Islam, specifically the prevailing […]

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Don’t Mess with a Hijabi: An Interview with the Creator of “Qahera”

Muftah , September 23rd, 2013 In Muftah’s on-going podcast series, we speak with Deena Mohamed, the creator of Qahera, a hijabi super-heroine who combats Islamophobia and misogyny. Since publishing the first iteration of Qahera in June of 2013, Deena has received an overwhelmingly positive response to the comic strip, which is published in both English and Arabic. A look at some of the Qahera […]

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Egypt’s new hijab-clad superheroine

By Dina Demrdash, BBC Arabic, Cairo 8 December 2013 She’s got comic strip superpowers, fights for justice and gives bad guys a hard time. If this makes you think of Catwoman, then think again – for this is a new kind of superheroine with a visible difference. Meet Qahera – the hijab-wearing Egyptian comic-book character fighting back against crime and prejudice. […]

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‘Qahera’ Webcomic Creator Deena Mohamed Talks Superheroes, Gaza, and Women

July 29, 2014 Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary Deena Mohamed, a nineteen-year-old Egyptian graphic design student, does more than draw or doodle: She is creating a legend. Based partially on her own and her friends’ experiences within Egyptian culture, Mohamed chose to combat sexism and harassment with her hijab-clad superheroine […]

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