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Presenting the winners of the
Third Annual Brass Crescent Awards

On behalf of both altmuslim and City of Brass, we'd like to thank the 334 people who voted in the Third 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 of 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:
This category honors the most indispensable, Muslim-authored blog there is. Period.
Sunni Sister - Winner (two years in a row!) Ali Eteraz - Honorable Mention
Truth & Beauty
Koonj

BEST NON-MUSLIM BLOG:
Which blog writen by a non-Muslim is most respectful of Islam and seeks genuine dialogue with Muslims?
On The Face - Winner Higher Criticism - Honorable Mention
Smart & Final Isis Dean's World
Crossroads Arabia

BEST POST OR SERIES:
Which single post or group of posts in the Islamsphere was the most original and important, above all the others?
A Bengali in TO, "Better Than A Thousand Months" - Winner Baraka, "Safarnama: The Republic of Tea 2006" - Honorable Mention
Lota Enterprises, "Why Racial Profiling of Muslims is a Bad Idea" Non Skeptical Essays, "Tradition" (parts 2, 3, and 4)
Thabet, "Policy, Profiling, Poverty" Haroon Moghul, "The Silent Traditionalist"
Atif Imtiaz, "The Muslim Condition" (parts 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6) Laila Lalami, "Caricatures: Clash of Civilizations, Clash of Ignorance"

BEST IJTIHAD:
What blog post provided the best rebuttal to arguments of extremist ideology, and in so doing expose how those who commit evil in the name of Islam are actually profaning the faith?
SheilaX, "Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition" - Winner Ali Eteraz, "More On The Apostasy Hadith" - Honorable Mention
Ali Eteraz, "Jews as Apes and Swine" Thabet, "British Muslims Must Fight Extremism"
SheilaX, "Who Are The Taliban?" Thabet, "Prattle from the Party"

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?
Truth & Beauty - Winner Shabana Mir - Honorable Mention
between obligations, conscience, beliefs, and desire A Muslim Wife
Sketched Soul Confessions of a Sore Thumb
Sweep the Sunshine Lucky Fatima

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.
Tariq Nelson - Winner Thabet (under|progress) - Honorable Mention
Mind, Body, Soul Sunni Sister

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)?
Lightness of Being... - Winner Mind, Body, Soul - Honorable Mention
War on Al-Islam A Muslim Thinktank
Darvish

BEST GROUP BLOG:
Which multiple group blog in the Islamsphere has the best diversity of writers and the most interesting debate on Muslim issues?
Austrolabe - Winner Aqoul - Honorable Mention
Mere Islam - Honorable Mention other|matters
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, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine, Jordan, and most other countries that host Muslims, all of whom have their own perspectives on faith, culture, and politics.
Nzingha's Soapbox - Winner Raising Yousuf, Unplugged - Honorable Mention
The Angry Arab - Honorable Mention A Star From Mosul
Indscribe Nora Younis
The Brass Crescent Awards were created in 2004
by Aziz Poonawalla and Shahed Amanullah