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Lewis, A. David. The Muslim Superhero in Contemporary American Popular Culture. American Academy of Religion annual conference 2013: 23Nov, 2013. 
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Resource type: Conference Paper
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Lewis2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Interculturalism, Islam, Religion, Superhero, USA
Creators: Lewis
Collection: American Academy of Religion annual conference 2013
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Heroism, while universally valued, is not unanimously conceptualized, with one culture’s hero lacking the qualities sought in another’s. The American comic book superhero features nearly all races, creeds, and nationalities (at least in passing). It is no surprise, then, that Muslim characters have appeared any number of times within the genre (though their presences have frequently been fleeting and feeble). Over the last several years, however, the roster of Muslim superheroes has grown as has the thoughtfulness of their depictions. Beneath the surface of their inclusion lies the underlying question of whether Muslim morality meshes with the superheroic principles of the U.S.-based genre. Ultimately, while some gulf does exist between Islamic ideals of heroism and the superheroism of American comic books, it is no wider—and should be no more incongruous—than the principles of a model Jewish or Hindu champion and those of the pop cultural superhero.
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