The Brass Crescent Awards
are an annual celebration of the best Muslim voices online - whether they be on blogs, social media, or other online venues. Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners.
What are the Brass Crescent Awards?
Created in 2004 by Shahed Amanullah
and Aziz Poonawalla
, they are named for the Story of the City of Brass
in the Thousand and One Nights
. Today, the Brass Crescent - bloggers, artists, writers - is the modern equivalent of 1001 Tales - our stories are not about genies and sultans, but our faith, our culture, and our identity. The Brass Crescent Awards exist to promote our modern storytellers, who are forging a new synthesis of Islam and modernity, and are the intellectual heirs to centuries of philosophy that were the hallmark of Islamic civilizations past. Islam transcends history, and the Brass Crescent is forging history anew for tomorrow's Islam.
The Awards will take place in two phases. First is the nominations phase
, where readers nominate their favorite blogs in each of several categories. All submitted nominations will then be narrowed down to a maximum of five nominees per category, as selected by our judges. We will then have the final voting round
on this site.
With the exceptions noted on this site, any blog is eligible for any category, including blogs authored by people of other faiths. In defining the Islamsphere, we are not relying solely on adherence to the faith, but an affinity for parts of the diverse cultural fabric that Islam embraces and is embraced by worldwide.