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Aziz Poonawalla is a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, and currently lives in Verona, WI with his wife and two children. City of Brass is his weblog, which was founded in 2002 under the name UNMEDIA. Aziz is actively involved in projects throughout the Islamic blogsphere (aka "the Islamsphere") including the communal discussion portal Talk Islam and the annual Brass Crescent Awards.

The name City of Brass refers to the Story of the City of Brass in the
Thousand and One Nights, and the poem by Rudyard Kipling of the same
name:

Here was a people whom, after their works, thou shalt see wept over for their lost dominion;
And in this palace is the last information respecting lords collected in the dust.
-- Thousand and One Nights, Story of the City of Brass


IN A land that the sand overlays, the ways to her gates are untrod,
A multitude ended their days whose fates were made splendid by God,
Till they grew drunk and were smitten with madness and went to their fall,
And of these is a story written: but Allah Alone knoweth all!
-- Rudyard Kipling, The City of Brass (1909)

I’m going to throw out some quick half-formed ideas in response to this article by Sufi Synik (via the indomitable Samar Kaukab): Half of the Muslims want me to shut up and take every single hadith (without considering its historical […]

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Of all the weird stuff I see on Facebook and Twitter, this pretty much beats all this week. Brother looks like he’s got some knee pain. And tiny t-rex arms. Anyway, I’m sure we can blame Obama for this somehow. […]

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