Iman: The Muslim Super-Hero
“Iman is not only for Muslim girls. Non-Muslims and boys are also part of my target readership. In fact, a lot of my fans hail from Western countries. Iman has no nationality; she’s there to tell everyone, especially girls, ‘Be all you can be.’ Of course, she always stays within an Islamic framework and quotes from the Holy Quran.” Khoreibi believes her two sons, Tariq, 8, and Karim, 4, empower themselves by drawing from Iman’s example.
The Saudi Arabia-born Palestinian is heavily influenced by personal experiences. “It all began when I asked a little girl why she was wearing a scarf. She said she didn’t know and it made me wonder why,” said Khoreibi. “I want to reach out to youngsters and tell them you can be outgoing and a good Muslim at the same time. I want to see Muslim cartoons on screen when my children switch on the TV.”
Born in Sidon, Lebanon, Rima had her childhood in Saudi Arabia. At the age of 11, Rima and her family moved to Toronto, Canada. She majored in cultural anthropology from York University,Toronto. At the age of 24, Rima met and married her Jordanian husband, Ziad, and moved to Jordan for five years. In 2001, Rima, Ziad and their two sons moved from Amman to Dubai. In Dubai, Rima is busy being a mother, a writer, and a dedicated advocate for women’s rights in Islam.
Rima did intensive volunteer work with S.O.S. an orphange. In 1998, Rima founded I.R.I.S.(Issues of Real-life for the Interest of Students), a non profit organization based on awareness of social and health issues, an outreach programme for students and mothers. A large quantity of her book, “The Adventures of Iman”, (book 1) was donated to the Red Crescent and sent out to many Islamic countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Morocco, Syria, etc. The same book has also been translated into the Braille system.
Khoreibi’s books are self-published and the first series’ sales went partly to World Links Arab Region, a humanitarian agency that tries to improve education in schools through technology. The artwork of The Adventures of Iman is inspired by Japanese Manga comic books. Khoreibi said she believes Western comics are largely for entertainment with little social messages for youngsters.
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