Superhero for the 21st century

Her name is Qahera what means vanquisher, destroyer, omnipotent. She “was born” or rather created 2 years ago in Egypt by 19 years old graphic design student Deena Mohamed.

Everything started as a sort of a joke between group of friends- says the author. But first maybe I’ll explain who Qahera is. She is a Muslim woman comic superhero created to fight with islamophobia and misogyny, “to take stand against both the problems we have and people who try to impose their own views onto us.” The idea of the superhero was crazy and genius, to combine two extremes inside one body. Muslim woman often seen as vulnerable and weak creature and superhero – made in the West strong male character with superhuman powers. That is why Qahera wears hijab. It’s an element in her battle against islamophobia and sterotypes regarding Muslim women. She’s not scared and bewildered but strong and proud. It is also an emblem of diversity between Muslim women and Western feminists who are trying to teach and illuminate everybody around about women rights ignoring real needs and reality of the society at the same time.

 But the bigges challenge for Egyptian superhero is omnipotent misogyny and sexual harassment. Thanks to her no abuser can feel safe any more. Qahera is not only a superhero in the comic but in the real life as well. Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe follow Deenas character. She’s raising awareness, make people talk about difficult issues which used to be Tabu not long time ago. She’s changing Egyptian society. 

And most importantly she’s not alone. “Qahera is based on inspiring Egyptian and Muslim women, and not the other way around […] I’m basing her on the role models I see around me constantly” – says Deena.

“This is less of a superhero comic and more of a tribute”

http://qaherathesuperhero.com – Qahera comic

http://muftah.org/dont-mess-with-a-hijabi-an-interview-with-the-creator-of-qahera/#.VbAQrEqkqK0 – audio interview with the author 

Both strongly recommended. 

Be careful who you follow because you never know where they will lead you… (Mark Hancock)

Probably like vast majority of us I was also wondering why young people, sometimes together with their small children decide to travel all the way to Iraq or Syria to join so called Islamic State. To the place in a constant state of war, lead by people who seem to have no mercy towards those, who don’t agree with their ideology. Moreover majority of those young women and men are children of the people who had to leave their own countries fleeing from injustice, violence and cruelty – exactly the same reasons why thousands of Syrians and Iraqis are seeking safety outside their homeland. First reactions to this news were anger and lack of understanding, or even willingness to do so. They must be young, naive and stupid, I thought. But anger and calling them gullible would not bring the answers for any of many questions. And one day my friend showed me a movie, which made me think again – ‘The Wave’ by Dennis Gansel. 

The film is based on true story. In 1967 in Cubberley Senior High School (Palo Alto, California) history teacher Ron Jones decided to make an experiment. 

The group of expupils is still active, but they’ve learned their lesson. 

For anybody who wants to know more here are the links to the official The Wave website:

http://www.thewavehome.com

and to Ron Jones article about the experiment:

http://wavehome.allthingswave.com/1976_The-Third-Wave_story.htm

Both definitely worth having look at.