Muslim Narrative Change Cohort

In January 2020, we launched the Muslim Narrative Change Cohort.

A group of brilliant Muslim artists, practitioners, academics, and thinkers who, together, are creating a transformative narrative strategy that will offer us the opportunity to change stories, ideas, behaviors and, ultimately, society.

We are achieving this with the cohort’s intimate knowledge of our Muslim communities along with their contextual knowledge of where Muslims in America have historically been, where we are now, and where we could be. Cohort Fellows were chosen to represent a diversity of cultural, ethnic, historical, and sectarian backgrounds of Muslims in the United States.

The Cohort is co-led by Pillars Managing Director of Leadership and Culture Arij Mikati and Senior Fellow Zaheer Ali. We are grateful to our funding partners Pop Culture Collaborative and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for helping to make this initiative possible.


Meet the Muslim Narrative Change Cohort:

Zaheer Ali

Oral Historian, Educator & Soros Equality Fellow

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

Founding Director and Senior Editor, Sapelo Square

Maytha Alhassen

Senior Fellow, Pop Culture Collaborative

Asad Ali Jafri

Executive Director, South Asia Institute

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research, Institute for Policy Understanding (ISPU)

Omar Offendum

Rapper & Spoken Word Artist

Hussein Rashid

Founder, islamicate

Rashid Shabazz

Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer, Color of Change

Cristal Chanelle Truscott

Artistic Director/Playwright, Progress Theatre