Blogger love, fantastic female financiers, and a couple of crazy Saudis are on board for this edition of the Muslim roundup.

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  • Voting is now open for the 7th Annual Brass Crescent Awards! This award aims to showcase the brightest and the best in the Islamosphere. Categories include Best Blog, Best Media Blog, Best Female Blogger, Best Group Blog, Funniest Blogger, Best New Blog, Best Non-Muslim Blogger, Best Series, Best Blog by Global Region, and Best Writer. It comes as no surprise that both MuslimMatters and Muslimah Media Watch have been nominated for multiple categories. So check out all of the nominees and give them some love!
  • Women are being tapped to fill an industry gap begging for scholars who are capable of advising firms on Shariah-compliant finance.
  • Islamic finance has embraced women relatively rapidly in its 30-year modern history, as burgeoning demand for expert lawyers and growing female education rewrite the rules of the business.

    As Islamic finance expands 15-20 percent a year and enters new markets from Australia to South Africa, so the need has grown for more Shariah advisers who can structure financial transactions according to Islamic rules that crucially include a ban on interest…

    This small circle of men dominate the boards of Islamic banks but there are now about 10 women Shariah advisers in Malaysia, home to the world’s largest market for sukuk, or Islamic bonds.

    The number of women Shariah scholars in Malaysia has more than tripled in the last five years according to some estimates.

  • This video has already made its rounds on FB, but if you haven’t seen Saudis in Audis you must. And if the insider Arab jokes are too much, check out Hey there Khalilah.

And I’m sneaking this one in: everything you wanted to know about Shariah but were afraid to ask. (thanks Hijabman.)