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Dubbati, Barkuzar: "The Woman in Hijab as a Freak. Super(Muslim)woman in Deena Mohamed’s Webcomic Qahera." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.5 (2017), S. 433–449.
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Keywords: "Qahera", Ägypten, Arabien, Islam, Körper, Maske, Mohamed. Deena, Superheld, Webcomics
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
This article examines the representation of the woman in hijab as a freak in Deena Mohamed’s webcomic Qahera. In creating Qahera, a hijab-wearing superheroine, Mohamed reconstructs difference as a performance of Homi Bhabha’s Third Space. Instead of becoming an objectified spectacle that affirms normative bodies, Qahera’s visibility as a freak disrupts binary oppositions naturalised by the hegemonic discourses of Arab patriarchy and Western feminism regarding what constitutes a ‘normal’ body. Her freakery challenges the discourses that try to silence her because what makes Qahera a superheroine is not her superpowers but the transformational force of her hijab. It becomes a discursive tool turning dichotomising discourses on their ear and establishing agency over the representability of her body. Relying on Freak Studies, gender theories, and Postcolonial Studies as a theoretical framework, this article problematises the representation of Muslim women by the dialectical discourses of Arab patriarchy and Western Feminism.
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