The Brass Crescent Awards annually recognize the best and brightest contributors to the Muslim blogosphere. Readers nominate and then vote for the winners. The awards were founded in 2004 by blogger Aziz Poonawalla of City of Brass and entrepreneur Shahed Amanullah, founder of Halalfire and the many excellent sites it has generated. And if you want to discover some fantastic Muslim blogs, there's hardly a better way than to look back at the lists of previous winners: we've found some great ones this way.
Nominations for the seventh annual awards opened Sept. 13 and remain open until Friday, October 8--so you have another two weeks to put in your two cents. They're looking for nominations in the following categories:
- Best Blog
- Best Writer
- Best Non-Muslim Blogger
- Best Blog Design
- Best Post or Series
- Best Female Blogger
- Best New Blog
- Best Media Blog
- Best Group Blog
- Funniest Blogger
- Best Middle East/African, European, South Asian, and Asian Bloggers
- Best Tweeter
- Best Non-Muslim Tweeter
- Best Facebook Page
- Best Retired Blog
We know we're really new, but we're hoping some of you will nominate Philosufi for the "best new blog" category. By this time next year, we won't really be new anymore. In all honesty, we wouldn't seriously expect to win this category, but the exposure of being a nominee would definitely help us get more eyeballs on the site.
We want to encourage you to nominate your favourites in as many categories as possible; make sure deserving bloggers get recognized. According to the Awards' Facebook page, they need more nominations in the following categories: Best Design, Best Post or Series, Best Middle Eastern/African Blog, Best European Blog, Best South Asian Blog, Best Facebook Page, and Best Retired Blog. We thought we'd share a couple of our nominees:
Best Female Blogger: Fatemah Fakraie of Muslimah Media Watch
Best Group Blog: Muslimah Media Watch
Best Facebook Page: Mohammad Fadel
We'll be trying to nominate in as many categories as we can. Voting will be open from October 18 to November 5, and winners will be announced on Eid-ul-Adha (somewhere around November 16).