Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager living in New Jersey, has become the new Ms. Marvel. The series, Ms. Marvel, is written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Adrian Alphona.

This blog serves to follow Kamala in current continuity while also promoting awareness of her existence. At the moment, Ms. Marvel features the only book with a Muslim female character as its lead.

"I am asking you for something more difficult. If you insist on pursuing this thing you will not tell me about, do it with the qualities befitting an upright young woman: Courage, strength, honesty, compassion, and self-respect.”

I enjoyed this reversal of expectations from Sheikh Abdullah. Kamala’s last interaction with him ended in a disagreement on the existence of a partition and side entrance that separated men and women at their Islamic Center, that effectively isolated half the audience from actively listening or participating in the discussion.

However in this interaction, Sheikh Abdullah, having known Kamala for quite some time, realizes the best possible advice he can give her is to be the best person that she can be. Underlying this conversation is a trust that Sheikh Abdullah has for Kamala, that whatever she’s doing is for bettering the world and acting for the benefit of others. He chooses to tell her to maintain her core values in whatever she’s pursuing instead of telling her to abandon these activities, despite the fact that it might be going against the wishes of her parents. By suggesting she find a teacher to guide her in her activities, he maintains the relationship they have and ends the conversation in a way that Kamala is likely to return to him for advice in the future.

From Ms. Marvel #6, by G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt, & Ian Herring.

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