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Polls now open for the
Eleventh Annual Brass Crescent Awards

On behalf of all the organizers, we'd like to announce that voting
for the Eleventh Annual Brass Crescent Awards is now underway!

Polls close at the end of the day on January 2, 2015!
9 pm (Mon) PST, 12 am (Tue) EST, 5 am (Tue) GMT

There have been 47 votes cast & verified so far
9 votes have been cast but are still unverified (resend confirmation email)

We would like to sincerely apologize for the delay in this year's voting. The reason for the delay was that we did not have sufficient blogsphere nominations as we needed, which can be reflected in the fewer categories available for voting this year. Consolidating the categories required some careful thought in order to stay as fair as possible to our nominees.

In truth, the number of nominations has been dropping for several years, as the nature of online conversations has shifted away from the blogsphere and towards social media. The Brass Crescent Awards are over a decade old, and we are striving to ensure that they remain as relevant for the decade ahead.

To that end, we would like to solicit your thoughts, on what changes we can make to help improve these Awards and make sure we remain effective in our goal of promoting the voice of Muslims online, in whatever medium they choose to express themselves. Bear with us and please let us know what you think - there is an additional spot for you to write whatever comments and thoughts you may have on how the Awards should evolve, right below the voting for each category below.

Thank you for making the Awards every year such a success. With your help, we will make sure that the Brass Crescent Awards remain a success in the years to come.
The Brass Crescent Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere (aka the Islamsphere). Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners.

What are the Brass Crescent Awards? Created in 2004 by Aziz Poonawalla and Shahed Amanullah, the Brass Crescent Awards 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.

Voting Directions: Use the form below to select one nominee from each category. We will ask you for your email address to confirm your vote, but don't worry - we will discard your email address after votes have been tallied.

Important: We are recording IP addresses and taking other measures to ensure against multiple votes by the same person. Any email addresses associated with abuse of the Brass Crescent Awards will be permanently banned from future participation.


BEST BLOG:
This category honors the most indispensable, Muslim-authored blog there is. Period.

Interfaith Ramadan (Sarita Agerman)
Sarita does a brilliant job of explaining Islam and what it means to be Muslim. Her outreach to other faiths is amazing, and is an excellent effort to break down the walls between Islam and other faiths and the walls between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Love, InshAllah (Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi)
With posts from men and women from all ethnic, racial, sectarian, and religious (cultural, secular, orthodox Muslims) - talking about romantic, divine and other relationships - this is one of the most provocative, groundbreaking, and relevant blogs out there.

Jillian Pikora (Jillian Pikora)
In her inspirational and engaging writing style, Jillian addresses modern issues that face Muslim communities, and embeds video blog posts and interviews to create an all-encompassing media stream that opens a window into Muslim American life.
Muslim Matters
Muslim Matters has beomce one of the most popular blogs in the Muslim world. Within a matter of few years it has managed to bag a special place in the blogosphere. It even became the subject of a CNN news report, due to their efforts to combat extremism with their blend of traditional Islam and modernity.

Islam and Science Fiction (Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad)
Muhammad's blog provides coverage of a little-known aspect of Muslim writing and the arts: that of speculative fiction. He has a very high-quality site that is consistently updated with new information.

BEST MEDIA STREAM:
What multimedia stream is expressing opinion and creativity in unique ways using photography, streaming video, podcasts, or other multimedia?

Muslim Life Hacks Podcast (Mifrah Mahroof)
Muslim Life Hackers continually step up the bar by giving a fresh and unique spin to Islamic personal growth. They run a weekly podcast, publish blog posts & also hold many exciting projects through out the year.
Qahera the Superhero
Qahera is a webcomic about a female Muslim superhero who combats Islamophobia and misogyny. The strip is primarily in English but also translated into colloquial Egyptian Arabic. It is created by a female Egyptian artist.

The Muslim Show
This comic strip, available in French, English, and Arabic, is a well written and professionally illustrated comic series inspired by the ancient stories of Nassredin Hodja.
The Muslimah Mommy (Sumaira Zaheer)
Great Instagram-based media stream that gained over 4,000 followers within a few months of launch, and covers issues related to motherhood.

BEST FEMALE BLOGGER:
The woman's voice in Islam is equal to the man's, and in the Islamsphere we seek to make sure the female perspective is highlighted and given its rightful due. Which Muslim woman's blog has done the most to explore the role that women play within Islam and society?

Decoding Eden (Fatima Ariadne)
The blog has 'inspiring tips with down-to-earth approach on how to improve ourselves spiritually' cited by readers as being 'refreshing and inspiring' and 'compassionate'.
Hijabtrendz (Mariam Sobh)
Hijabtrendz, founded by Chicago journalist and radio host Mariam Sobh, is the original hijab fashion, beauty and entertainment blog for Muslim women.

My Islamic Life (Kristina ElSayed)
Kristina is a non-Muslim married to a Muslim who is raising Muslim children. This blog chronicles the adventures she has had in trying to teach her children to be good Muslims without having grown up in the faith and culture.
Punk & Pious Muslimah
This blog goal is to 'show Muslims and Non-Muslims alike that it is possible to follow the teachings of Islam while maintaining our non-traditional selves and to use our past experiences to strengthen others to overcome their obstacles.'

Love, InshAllah (Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi)
With posts from men and women from all ethnic, racial, sectarian, and religious (cultural, secular, orthodox Muslims) - talking about romantic, divine and other relationships - this is one of the most provocative, groundbreaking, and relevant blogs out there.

BEST NEW BLOG:
Which blog is a true diamond in the rough, one that everyone should be reading but who most just haven't heard of (yet)?

Coming of Faith
Coming of Faith is a compilation of coming of age and faith stories by Muslim women in college and young professionals facing struggles related to life, faith identity, and gender.
Muslim Eater (Saqib Shafi)
Muslim Eater is a place that appreciates food for the Muslim lifestyle. Areas of focus will be on cooking, dining, and eating, all while maintaining the appreciation of food through a spiritual lens.

Sketchy Ummah (Umm Sultan)
A fresh take on notetaking. This blog features sketch notes and videos of Islamic lectures, in addition to some sketch noting tips and resources.
The Muslimah Mommy (Sumaira Zaheer)
This Canadian mother of 3 shares life lessons and my personal experiences, tips, and advice on parenthood and family life in both blog and Instagram form.

BEST TWITTER FEED: HASHTAG EDITION
What feed on Twitter is a "must-follow" and that creates a compelling narrative through the use of 140 characters? This year, we've gone all hashtag.

#MuslimApologies
The #MuslimApologies hashtag is part of a growing trend of Muslims getting fed up of being discriminated against because of their religion.
#NotInMyName
A group of young British Muslims have been using the hashtag #NotInMyName to remind the world that the Islamic State does not represent Islam.

#DropTheAWord
Created by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the #DropTheAWord hashtag is 'dedicated to ending the use of an Arabic racial slur directed towards blacks.
#MuslimBuzzFeed
In June 2014, Pakistani journalist and BuzzFeed contributor Imaan Sheikh tweeted out using the hashtag #MuslimBuzzFeed, and started a hilarious trend.

#IllRideWithYou
Australians used the #IllRideWithYou hashtag to offer to escort commuting Muslims fearing harassment in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis.

WE NEED YOUR ADVICE!

How should we modify the Brass Crescent Awards in the wake of a changing Internet landscape so that we can properly identify and honor the best online Muslim expressions? We'll use your input to revise the Brass Crescent Awards for next year.



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The Brass Crescent Awards were created in 2004
by Aziz Poonawalla and Shahed Amanullah