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 the public, who then vote for the winners. 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, and filmmakers - is that book's modern equivalent. 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.