Craig Thompson achieved critical acclaim for his semi-biopic graphic novel, Blankets (2003), a 592 page volume that charted his childhood experiences growing up in a fundamentalist Christian family, and his ultimate disillusion with his faith. His equally long graphic novel, Habibi (2011), departs from this setting, turning towards a fictional narrative that grapples with contexts pertaining to Islam and the Middle East. But even here Thompson’s knowledge of Christianity has clearly still influenced his work. Thompson’s coverage of religion in this text is fuelled by his interest “in the connections between the Abrahamic faiths” (Thompson qtd. in Armstrong (2011) n. pag), and he seeks to build the dialogue across the two faiths.

Although he discusses religion within the graphic

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Citation: Fox, Rachel. "Habibi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 May 2016 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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