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Presenting the winners of the
Second Annual Brass Crescent Awards

On behalf of both altmuslim and City of Brass, we'd like to thank the 165 people who voted in the Second Annual Brass Crescent Awards. Voting was very close in most categories, and we would like to be the first to congratulate our winners and Honorable Mentions, as well as extend our thanks to all the nominees and voters for helping make this celebration of the Islamsphere a success. We also would like to thank everyone (including the nominees) who linked to us and helped publicize the Brass Crescent Awards.

We'll keep a permanent list of winners (for 2004 and 2005) for the Brass Crescent Awards available at brasscrescent.org, as they represent a dynamic, creative, and powerful cross-section of Muslim thought on the web. We fully expect next year's crop of nominees to be just as interesting, if not more so, than this year's candidates. Inshallah, we'll run the Awards again next year, so start bookmarking posts, series, comments, and blogs now!

Winners and Honorable Mentions may contact us to receive HTML code to display a badge announcing their achievement if they desire.

Let's not keep you waiting any longer - listed below are this year's winners and Honorable Mentions. (In cases where the second place candidates were very closely spaced, we chose multiple Honorable Mentions):
BEST BLOG:

The "Best Blog" category honors the most indispensable, Muslim-authored blog there is. Period.

Winner: Sunni Sister
Honorable Mention: Truth & Beauty

BEST NON-MUSLIM BLOG:

Which blog writen by a non-Muslim is most respectful of Islam and seeks genuine dialog with Muslims?

Winner: Juan Cole
Honorable Mentions: Velveteen Rabbi and Islamophobia Watch

BEST POST OR SERIES:

Which single post or group of posts in the Islamsphere was the most original and important, above all the others?

Winner: Baraka (Truth & Beauty), On Illness
Honorable Mention: Sepoy (Chapati Mystery), That Terror Thing

BEST FEMALE BLOG:

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?

Winner: Shabana Mir (Koonj)
Honorable Mention: Kelly Izdihar Crosby (Izzy Mo)

BEST THINKER:

Who is the most stimulating, insightful, and philosophically wise among us? This category is intended to highlight a blogger who may not post daily, but when they do post, they really make an impact.

Winners (tied): Haroon Moghul (avari/nameh) and Mere Islam
Honorable Mention: Thebit (Muslims Under Progress)

MOST DESERVING OF WIDER RECOGNITION:

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

Winner: Akram's Razor
Honorable Mention: Indigo Jo

BEST GROUP BLOG:

Which multiple group blog in the Islamsphere has the best diversity of writers and the most interesting debate on Muslim issues?

Winner: Living Tradition
Honorable Mention: HU

BEST MIDDLE-EAST/ASIAN BLOGGER:

The Islamsphere is truly a global phenomenon. In Iraq, despite the chaos and uncertainty, there is a sea change of free speech and expression, the vanguard of which are blogs. There are also bloggers in India, in Pakistan, in Jordan, and most other countries that host Muslims, all of whom have their own perspectives on faith, culture, and politics.

Winner: A Star from Mosul
Honorable Mention: Nzingha's soapbox
The Brass Crescent Awards were created in 2004
by Aziz Poonawalla and Shahed Amanullah