Anonymous, 7 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: comics

New Book: Muhammad in the Digital Age

The book deals with topics such as the 2005 cartoon controversy in Denmark and the infamous 2012 movie trailer “Innocence of Muslims” that some believe sparked the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, as well as how the digitization of ancient texts have allowed the origins of Islam to be studied in new ways. Other essays examine how Muhammad’s wives have been represented in various online sources, including a web comic; the contrasting depictions of Muhammad as both a warrior and peacemaker; and how the widespread distribution of “the look” of Islamic terrorists has led to attacks on Sikhs, whose only point of resemblance to them may be a full beard. These findings illuminate the role of the Internet in forms of representation, advocacy, and engagement concerning Islam and Muslims in our world today.

New Book: Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels

This book presents a wide ranging survey of the ways in which comics have dealt with the diversity of creators and characters and the (lack of) visibility for characters who don’t conform to particular cultural stereotypes. Contributors engage with ethnicity and other cultural forms from Israel, Romania, North America, South Africa, Germany, Spain, U.S. Latino and Canada and consider the ways in which comics are able to represent multiculturalism through a focus on the formal elements of the medium. Discussion themes include education, countercultures, monstrosity, the quotidian, the notion of the ‘other," anthropomorphism, and colonialism.

Book: Paradoxes of Liberal Democracy: Islam, Western Europe, and the Danish Cartoon Crisis

The book shows how the majority of ordinary Danish citizens provided a solid wall of support for the rights of their country’s growing Muslim minority, drawing a sharp distinction between Muslim immigrants and Islamic fundamentalists and supporting the civil rights of Muslim immigrants as fully as those of fellow Danes—for example, Christian fundamentalists. Building on randomized experiments conducted as part of large, nationally representative opinion surveys, Paradoxes of Liberal Democracy also demonstrates how the moral covenant underpinning the welfare state simultaneously promotes equal treatment for some Muslim immigrants and opens the door to discrimination against others.

Meet Kismet, the Muslim Superhero from the 1940s

In his article Kismet Seventy Years Later: Recognizing the First Genuine Muslim Superhero published on ISLAMiCommentary A. David Lewis introduces Kismet, a superhero of Bomber Comics issued in 1944-1945. Kismet, an Algerian Muslim living in France, became a resistence fighter after the Nazi invasion. He wears a distinctive fez and has no special powers except for "the freedom given to me by Allah and the Prophet".

7th International Conference: "Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa"

Apr 11, 2014 – Apr 13, 2014
Ifrane
Morocco
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
John Shoup
comics, art, photography, Middle East, cultural studies, Africa, music, film
j.shoup@aui.ma
Dec 16, 2013

Hijabi Superhero Fights Sexual Harassment in Egypt

In the latest episode of black and white comics, a hijabi cartoon character named Qahera fights the sexual harassment on Egyptian streets. In previous episodes she stood up against the misogyny and Femen activities in the Muslim environment. The cartoon is made by Deena who blogs at Blog Like An Egyptian. It is available in Arabic and English versions.
 
Gruber, Christiane and Haugbolle, Sune (eds.), Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image. Indiana University Press abstract full text

New Book: Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image

This book examines the power and role of the image in modern Middle Eastern societies. The essays explore the role and function of image making to highlight the ways in which the images “speak” and what visual languages mean for the construction of Islamic subjectivities, the distribution of power, and the formation of identity and belonging. The book addresses aspects of the visual in the Islamic world, including the presentation of Islam on television; on the internet and other digital media; in banners, posters, murals, and graffiti; and in the satirical press, cartoons, and children’s books.

Iran Elections 2013: Zahra for President

With the Iranian presidential election to be held on 14 June 2013, a campaign Vote4Zahra has been launched. Zahra, a virtual candidate and fictional character of the graphic novel Zahra's Paradise, represents the freedom platform and calls for fair elections. The campaign's goal is to attract attention to the undemocratic political environment in the country.

Book: Political Cartoons and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The book provides readers an engaging introduction to cartoon analysis and a novel insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The author examined over 1200 Israeli and Palestinian editorial cartoons to explore whether changes in their content anticipated the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in October of 2000.
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