Can Muslim Superheroes Turn Islamic Youth Away from Radicalism?

February 16, 2009 -

With an increasing emphasis on fantasy entertainment provided by mobile phone games, comic books and TV, there is some hope that radicalism will become a less attractive path for Islamic youth.

Wael El-Zanaty, an exec with the Egyptian firm behind cell phone game Bab el-Hara, told the Associated Press:

The best thing about this game is that this is something that Arabs can relate to. It’s about part of [Arab] history — the resistance to the French occupation [of Syria]... We wanted something that reflected our culture... developed with an Arab perspective.

The AP explains:

The Arab world’s private sector is leading a push to provide Muslim and Arab youth with homegrown heroes, as a bulwark against the trend toward radical Islam throughout the Middle East.

Clearly, superheroes won’t offset all the problems that stoke radicalism — anger at corrupt Arab regimes and at Israel over its treatment of Palestinians — but El-Zanaty said he hoped these pop culture characters could give young people a positive image of themselves as Arabs.

Meanwhile, Naif al-Mutawa, publisher of The 99 comic book superhero series, offered his view on how media can help deliver positive role models for Arab youth:

Our [Islamic] story has become [more] about what not to do, than about what to do. I wanted to … go back to the same sources others have pulled out a lot of negative ideas from, and pull out positive, tolerant, multicultural, accepting ideas.

I’m not trying to sell religion here. I’m trying to sell the idea that at the values level, we’re all the same...’  I really think that we [Arabs] limit ourselves with this catastrophic thinking that the world is controlled by others and there is nothing we can do. I think this is rubbish.

Mobile phone apps may be the ideal platform upon which to deliver the message, said Ayman Shoukry of the Good News Group:

[In Egypt alone] there are 40 million mobiles. We don’t have 40 million [other types of] devices anywhere in Egypt."


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FYI, there's one more - in Marvel Comics

FYI, there's a new Muslim superhero in Marvel Comics. Her name is Dr. Faiza Hussain, a doctor who gained the ability to control living organisms. She is with MI-13 in the United Kingdom and wields Excalibur (the sword chose her). See Wikipedia. And read the comic if you're not already!

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Re: FYI, there's one more - in Marvel Comics

and they didn't think to give her a last name that didn't coincide with an evil dictator.  *facepalm*

Re: FYI, there's one more - in Marvel Comics

I'm almost positive that Hussein is as common as a name in arabic countries, as Smith or Johnson is in the USA. That one dictator used it is little reason to avoid using it forevermore.

-Gray17

Re: FYI, there's one more - in Marvel Comics

Or the middle name of the current US President (which like Saddam is Hussein, not Hussain)... or surname of one of Englands more successful Cricket Captains

Hussain/Hussein is a common name, surely trying to use it in a way that it's associated to positive things, instead of a negative, is a good idea.

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And this will be the exact same phenomona we see with Christian superheros. Instead of putting their morals and beliefs into the superhero, they've made the superhero the champion of it.

Let's take superman as a great example. He's an alien. He isn't human. He fights to defend people of a different race on a different planet than his own. In spite of some of the people he defends treating him like garbage, he never retaliates.

Superman doesn't impose his beliefs on others, in fact there isn't any conclusive information on whether or not superman is Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, Pagan, or any other religion. He respects everyone, even his enemies.

This won't teach them how to respectfully disagree with someone else's beliefs while still talking to them about their own, or even attempting to convert them.

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Wolvenmoon

 

Oy look deeper…. Hat it dose it open mindsets little by little as society matures some this allows religion to be taken figuratively because start thinking bit by bit.

 

Maybe in 10 years with a couple thousand comics  out and about the current wealth of adults will be less anal…

 


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I'll be damned if there's a problem comic books can't solve.

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Yes... I survived the Spiderman "Clone Saga"... when my bunker ran out of toilet paper... it was there for me. v.v

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I liked Spidy's clone saga more than what they did with teh Xmen...uhg...

 


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The more non exstreme fiction there is the more balanced sosicty will try to be.

 


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Seriously doubtful. Osama will call them "the Devil trying to divert us from our jihad" or something like that.

A good attempt, but one we know will at least be resisted, if it doesn't completely fail.

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So they should all give up and either hide or join the jihad. Seriously success or failure they are TRYING, which is a lot better than what far to many people out there do. Sure it aint gonna do anything today but 20 years from now kids that grew up with this stuff could have a better viewpoint and there is no telling how much good such a thing can do.

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Because Osama really controls most of the arab population in the world....

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Maybe but more correctly the militant mindset that can sweep and surge mobs of people doing dumb mobs things.If soscity could stablize more IE less poverty it would be harder for mob rule to be so insiped...

 


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Poverty is a result of laziness and greed.

Poverty in socialistic or despotic governments is a result of greed of the ruling class.

Poverty in capitalistic governments is a result of greed of the citizens coupled with laziness of the citizens.

Most other social issues can be traced to roots like these, and there will never be stabilization of society.

Having governments ruled by infantile brats determined to control the minds of their population and the rest of the world's thinking will always result in government sponsored mobs oppressing any other group. The maturity of a country's leaders reflects on the populace.

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No, most societies are pretty stable. You don't see the US, Canada, Japan, Russia, or various European countries, suffering from civil wars anytime power changes hands, or ongoing rebellions, parts of the country that aren't under government control, and so on.

Unless you're trying to define the stabilization of society as no crime or poverty, in which case, yeah that probably isn't going to happen.

-Gray17

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wrong dude, poverty in capitalistic societies are equally caused by greed of the ruling class.  In America 10% of the nation own 70% of the wealth.  Don't blame the poor because they get fucked by their bosses 

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Looks at the US goverment...oh fck...we are screwed..... hehehehehehee


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