The ‘Reimagining the Muslimah’ Symposium


This symposium is a six-hour day packed with great speakers, panelists and workshops that provide space to talk about the experiences of young Muslimahs in the City of Toronto as they grapple with reimagining what it means to be Muslim, the term ‘Muslimah’ and the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, age, ability, class and religiosity.

We invite you to engage in a day-long discussion including a curated art show ending with a giant celebratory dance party. We hope to explore the intersections, nuances, struggles and triumphs we navigate and experience daily.

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“Homebound” is a six-week poetry and spoken word workshop series. Join us to learn from Muslim women artists, build on your skills in writing, performance and editing, AND get published in our annual Homebound anthology.

Workshops are open to those between the ages of 16-29.

Information on 2017 workshops will become available later in the year.

For more information, please click here.

Storytelling & Stopmotion Animation for Muslimahs

Outburst! is hosting ‘Storytelling & Stopmotion Animation for Muslimahs’ which is a three workshop series that runs in August 2016. In the first two workshops we will use oral traditions, storytelling and writing exercises to explore our personal experiences as Muslimahs with the intent of creating short pieces that will be turned into stopmotion animations. The storytelling workshops will be facilitated by Sakinah Hasib and the stopmotion animation workshop will be facilitated by Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The workshops are open to anyone 16-29 who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, and ancestral connections.

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*poster image by Sarah Hassan (instagram : 2hasssans & facebook:

Meet the creative Samaa Ahmed!

SM-h_O_ztamaa is a transnational/diasporic Pakistani artist and poet. She blogs about politics, pop-culture, and post-colonial feminism at and is the founder of ARTBOX Toronto.

What was your entrance into writing poetry and what made you want to stay?

I used to write a lot of poetry growing up, especially when I was an angsty teenager. It was such a great way for me to get my feelings out, and although it was really melodramatic stuff, I enjoy re-reading it and appreciate how productive of a release it was. After a really long gap, I started writing poetry again through Outburst in October 2015.

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(Samaa is one of our performers at “Volume: Sisters Make Noise” happening on May 25th! Don’t miss out! Reserve your tickets HERE)