Brass Crescent Awards

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The Brass Crescent Awards, started in 2004 by Shahed Amanullah (founder of the online newsmagazine and Aziz Poonawalla (author of the blog City of Brass), is an annual contest that allows visitors to Muslim or Islam-themed weblogs to vote for the best weblogs in various categories. Nominations and voting are conducted online at the awards website,


The awards describe themselves in this way:

What are the Brass Crescent Awards? They are named for the Story of The City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Islamsphere is forging a new synthesis of Islam and modernity, and is the intellectual heir to the traditions of philosophy and learning that was once the hallmark of Islamic civilization - a heritage scarcely recognizable today in the Islamic world after a century's ravages of colonialism, tyrants, and religious fundamentalism. We believe that Islam transcends history, and we are forging history anew for tomorrow's Islam. These awards are a means to honor ourselves and celebrate our nascent community, and promote its growth.


Categories as of the 2011/1432 awards include Best Blog, Best Non-Muslim Blog, Best Post or Series, Best Ijtihad, Best Female Blog, Best Thinker, Most Deserving of Wider Recognition, Best Group Blog, and Best Middle-East/Asian Blogger.

Winners (Best Blog)[edit]

  • Productive Muslims (2013)
  • A Muslimah Writes (2012)
  • Productive Muslims (2011)
  • Muslim Matters (2010)
  • Suhaib Webb (2009)
  • Tariq Nelson (2008)
  • Spirit 21 (2007)
  • Sunni Sister (2006)
  • Sunni Sister (2005)
  • Avari/nameh (2004)

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