Meet the New Marvel Superhero: A Rebellious Muslim Teen from New Jersey

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Meet the New Marvel Superhero: A Rebellious Muslim Teen from New Jersey

In the world of comics, the news of Ms. Marvel’s return to the world of Iron Man and the X-men is a big deal – and not just because the character’s alter ego is a Pakistani-American Muslim girl from New Jersey.

The previous Ms. Marvel, for those of you not familiar with the Ka-Pow world of comics, was a blond, blue-eyed Air Force pilot.

The new Ms. Marvel is Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old student who favors hipster-geek glasses and Holden Caulfield-style hats. She’s also Muslim, though she’s no poster girl for the faith, according to G. Willow Wilson, her creator.

“Islam is both an essential part of her identity and something she struggles mightily with,” Wilson said in an interview posted on Marvel’s website.

“She does not cover her hair – most American Muslim women don’t—and she’s going through a rebellious phase,” Wilson continued.

Read the rest of the article on CNN.

Hussein Rashid is an ISPU Fellow and adjunct Instructor of Religion at Hofstra University. 

This article was published on CNN on November 6, 2013.