This Thursday, G. Willow Wilson was our guest speaker for World Muslim Literature, and after a dreadful couple of days, what a delight it was to chat with her about themes in “Cairo” and “Ms Marvel.”
It especially warmed my heart to have my daughter join the discussion: on behalf of the feline family, she requested a more central role for cats in the comic. I mean, sure, Pakistani-American Muslim girls are all well and good, but CATS.
A student asked if Kamran, the former “love” interest, was an example of the “bad Muslim dude”; Willow reminded us that Kamran (the secular cool Muslim dude) and Aamir (the religious Muslim guy) actually help subvert the usual good Muslim/bad Muslim binary far too common in popular culture.
Some wanted to know if Muslims had objected to representations of Ms Marvel. In the absence of many representations of Muslim Americans in popular culture, it’s pretty common – as Willow explained – for people to want Ms Marvel to be all things *they* want (more modest, more religious, less religious, etc) but overall she’s been a very popular addition to the Marvel universe. I’m eager to pick up the newest comic from the comic bookstore and find out about Laal Khanjeer!