the webcomic, not the city.
Qahera is a bilingual English/Arabic webcomic started in 2013 starring a female, visibly Muslim, Egyptian superheroine that tackles light and generally non-controversial social issues, such as Islamophobia and misogyny. The comic initially began as a joke posted on Tumblr and has since been featured on multiple local and international outlets, such as the BBC, Foreign Policy and the Washington Post.
You can read the webcomic in its entirety for free on its website.
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Qahera is an Egyptian hijabi comic hero who uses her super powers to address pressing societal issues online. Her creator Deena Mohamed, a 24-year old artist and graphic designer, talks to Alsharq about the character of Qahera, her Muslim feminist message and the experience of creating her web comic. Lissy Kleer and Clara Taxis interviewed her for Alsharq. [continue reading]
Deena Mohamed is a 24 year old graphic designer and illustrator from Egypt. In 2013 she gained some renown for her webcomic Qahera, which quickly spread via social media and was later reported on by various news outlets, such as BBC News. Since then she has not been idle; along with her graphic design work, she is updating Qahera again after a hiatus and has published an award-winning graphic novel, the first in a trilogy. [continue reading]
On this New Year’s eve edition of Beyond Belief, Ernie Rea discusses how the idea of heroes has developed, why those characters often have supernatural as well as superhuman dimensions and what religious and cultural meaning underlines their enduring appeal. [listen]
Deena Mohamed, Egyptian artist, illustrator and designer, speaks to us about her art and her perspective on politics, patriarchy, feminism, and gender and sexuality. In 2013, Deena introduced Qahera, the Hijab wearing female superhero, to Egypt and to the world, challenging many existing perceptions of women in the Islamic world. Her first graphic novel, the award winning Shubeik Lubeik, has been published in Egypt in Arabic and the English translation is scheduled for publication in 2021 [continue reading]