Superheroes Against Extremism Suleiman Bakhit

2014 Oslo Freedom Forum
October 21, 2014

Jordanian comic book artist Suleiman Bakhit explores the power of narrative in the struggle against extremism, discrimination, and misogyny. Against the backdrop of his powerful art, Bakhit explains how he launched a comic book company as a way to spread tolerance, empower women, and counter extremist narratives by providing Arab youth with positive role models. Bakhit emphasizes the importance of studying and understanding extremist heroic narratives in order to successfully counter them using both male and female superheroes. Bakhit says that cultivating heroic imagination among kids is the best technology for defeating terror.