Orientalism ushered in a collection of powerful and stereotypical images portraying the Islamic world as backward and inferior (1–4). Particularly, the Muslim woman (Muslimah) appears in Western literary and artistic imaginings as a passive subject, a veiled trope, and an object (or purveyor) of violence. In the past few years, creators of Muslimah superheroes have emerged to invert the lens and provide alternative portrayals of Muslim women. Sophia Rose Arjana's Veiled Superheroes: Islam, Feminism, and Popular Culture offers a creative analysis of the understudied topic of Muslimah superheroes in comics and animations. Her work is organized into five chapters, with the first two chapters providing a historical overview of the representation of Muslim women in Western...
Drawing the Complexity of Muslimah Identity: A Review of Sophia Rose Arjana's Veiled Superheroes: Islam, Feminism, and Popular Culture
JoAnna Boudreaux is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis. Correspondence to: JoAnna Boudreaux, 212 Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152, USA. Email: Jbdreaux@memphis.edu.
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JoAnna Boudreaux; Drawing the Complexity of Muslimah Identity: A Review of Sophia Rose Arjana's Veiled Superheroes: Islam, Feminism, and Popular Culture. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2019; 8 (4): 118–121. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.4.118
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