April 29 - May 4, 2025

Zarqa Nawaz

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In 2007, Zarqa Nawaz created the television series Little Mosque on the Prairie, which premiered to record viewership and became CBC’s highest rated sitcom, running for six seasons, airing a total of 91 episodes. The success of her series ushered in a new era of television in Canada. The show airs in over sixty countries around the world and has garnered many national and international.

Zarqa wrote and directed the award-winning documentary Me and the Mosque, which explored encroaching conservatism in North American mosques and ultimately inspired the series Little Mosque on the Prairie.

She has a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a B.A.A in journalism from Ryerson University. She has four children and a husband stashed away in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Zarqa is currently working on a book of comedic essays about growing up Muslim for Harper Collins to be published next year.

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