Updates & News

Feb. 23, 2014 — CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We hope that everyone who came out to the Muslim Protagonist Symposium on Saturday had a great time. Workshops and seminars held on Sunday were spectacular. BUT THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING of a much longer journey. Be the Protagonist of your own narrative! Submit your stories to our online ‘zine, Protag, which will publish the best pieces each year in a print edition. Any and all forms of narrative, across all genres and forms, are accepted, as well as excerpts from longer works.

Write your story and submit it to Protag! More information on submission guidelines HERE.

Feb. 22, 2014 — RSVP FOR SEMINARS on 2/23 — DIRECTIONS

Feb. 22, 2014 — Columbia Spectator previews The Muslim Protagonist.

Feb. 22, 2014 — Directions and RSVP link for workshops/seminars posted.  OFFICIALLY CLOSED ONLINE TICKET SALES. Tickets will be available at the door!

Feb. 20, 2014 – Excited and honored to have Haroon Moghul on board for Sat., Feb. 22nd! Moghul and Sahar Ullah (Hijabi Monologues) will go at it on “Sufism & Storytelling” at 10:15AM ! Check out the updated program and poster.

Feb. 17, 2014 – Download the program!

Feb. 13, 2014 – Day 1 of the Muslim Protagonist weekend (Feb. 21) will take place in Held Auditorium (304 Barnard Hall) for a “Native Tongue” Story Slam hosted by Aman AliDoors open 7 PM. Story slam runs from 7:30 PM sharp – 9 PM. RSVP here. Event is free of charge and OPEN TO ALL. Due to limited capacity and high demand, we ask that you “purchase” a free ticket by RSVPing to confirm your attendance. The show debuted in New York City in May 2013 to a max capacity crowd and high demand has prompted the show to be showcased in several cities across the United States this year. Muslims come from cultures as colorful as the landscape of this country and often come from heritages rich in storytelling traditions. Native Tongue is a show celebrating and reviving these storytelling roots. Each show is centered around a theme as storytellers get on stage to tell personal stories that the audience then votes upon. The theme of the evening is “Journeys.” The winner of the story slam will (literally) get crowned as Best Storyteller of the evening. Like the event on Facebook. Featuring Cyrus McGoldrick, Linda Sarsour, Aizzah Fatima, Sameer Naseem, and more.

Feb. 12, 2014 – Interested in becoming a part of Columbia University MSA’s Second Annual Writer’s Symposium? Volunteer to be a part of this year’s Muslim Protagonist! In addition to receiving free admission, you’ll get the opportunity to be a part of something unique and groundbreaking.

Feb. 12, 2014 – Thank you to our generous sponsors, Tariq Farid Foundation & Edible ArrangementsThe Ibrahim Family Foundation, and Saffron Road, as well as our wonderful student cosponsors: AhimsaClub ZamanaColumbia Child RightsHispanic Scholarship FundOrganization of Pakistani StudentsSouth Asia InstituteTaiwanese Students Association, and Turath. More cosponsors forthcoming!

Feb. 1, 2014 – Excited to announce that McNally Jackson will be selling books during the book signings on Feb. 22nd!


Jan. 23, 2014 – Link to purchase tickets is released. Tickets will ONLY be required for the symposium panels and talks on Feb. 22, 2014. NO tickets are required for the “Native Tongue” Story Slam on Feb. 21 with Aman Ali, NOR for the seminars and workshops on Feb. 23. Tickets are limited and prices increase as the date approaches, so we advise you purchase your tickets as early as possible. Tickets are the same price for Columbia ID holders and those outside of Columbia. Early Bird tickets are $7 and available until Feb. 1. Click here for more info on tickets.

Jan. 22, 2014 – The Muslim Protagonist Planning Committee listed in “Who We Are,” with sponsorships from Edible Arrangements, Saffron Road, and The Ibrahim Family Foundation. Student sponsors include the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Organization of Pakistani Students, Turath, and more forthcoming.

Jan. 21, 2014 – Audio of 2012’s first annual Muslim Protagonist symposium, entitled “Write Your Own Story” released on the Columbia Muslim Students Association website.

Jan. 14, 2014 – Exclusive videos from the first annual symposium are posted, featuring MOHSIN HAMID (Man Booker Prize finalist The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia), DANIYAL MUEENUDDIN (Pulitzer Prize Finalist In Other Rooms, Other Wonders), and NAIF AL-MUTAWA (creator of The 99 comics).

Jan. 1, 2014 – This full-fledged Muslim Protagonist 2014 site is launched with a full list of speakers, with Aman Ali‘s “Native Tongue” Story Slam night set for Feb. 21, 2014 and seminars/workshops with speakers on Feb. 23. A few more speakers and details are still pending confirmation, and a link to purchase tickets for Feb. 22 is forthcoming.

Dec. 14, 2013 – Teaser and Facebook for The Muslim Protagonist 2014:  A Synthesis of Journeys released, with the symposium set for Feb. 22, 2014 at Columbia University. Follow us @muslimprotag and check out the 1st annual symposium’s 2012 Recap.