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Sana Amanat – Bringing Muslims into Comics

At Ummahsonic, we are always keen on showcasing the stories of Muslims who work to bring their own brand of talent into the mainstream. They offer a fabulous sense of diversity and inspire others to do amazing things.

And this week is no different. We put the spotlight on Sana Amanat, a comic book writer who is taking the comic scene by storm!

Having grown up as a Pakistani Muslim in a small suburb in New Jersey, U.S.A., Sana knows too well the lack of diversity in mainstream media that was prevalent throughout her childhood, which is why she’s now part of the movement to change this.

As the director of content and character development at Marvel, the biggest comic book publisher in the world, Sana has spoken on women and diversity in the media at many forums. She has talked about her identity and growing up unsure where she fitted, as well as “the realisation that the truth of who I was got lost in the images being spewed out by the media.”

“My protest was embracing my background fully, immersing myself in my faith and culture and finding ways to share that with others.”

And Sana has certainly stuck to her guns – she’s not only representing young women in the industry, but she’s also an inspiration for Muslim girls, with her determination to diversify characters and stories available to young people from all backgrounds. She has steered Marvel’s 2014 launch of Kamala Khan, the Pakistani Muslim-American teen character in the Ms. Marvel comic book series. “My hope is that the next generation doesn’t experience that sort of identity rejection — and that the superhero culture can be a filter through which we can share our unique points of view,” Sana says, “As well as the commonalities of the human experience.”

We personally can’t wait to see more of this hero and what she will bring to the comic book world.

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