Blogging From Egypt: ‘Light a Candle, Even If It Is Weak’

Critics like al-Ghitani said that, “bloggers were tainting Arabic literary production by writing books in poor language, and ‘they even express ideas making fun of language’.“

New Blog: ‘The Best of Arabic Literature’

Egyptian novelist and filmmaker Ahmed Khalifa hasn't started yet. But, he says, "Hopefully, the new reviews will start appearing this month." Khalifa, whose second novel, The Ma3di Killer, was recently released, has blogged about books since 2008. His book-blogging began with a review of Mansoura Ezz Eldin's Maryam's Maze. But now he wants to open … Continue reading New Blog: ‘The Best of Arabic Literature’

An Egyptian Woman’s Blog-to-book Success (That Has Nothing to Do With Marriage, Love, or Men)

There have been many blogger-to-novelist leaps in Egypt (Ahmed Naji, Rehab Bassem, Ghada Mahmoud). The most famous is Ghada Abdel Aal, whose blog-to-book, Ayza Atgowaz, (I Want to Get Married) was made into a TV serial this Ramadan, and has been translated into both English (out next month from U of Texas Press) and Italian. … Continue reading An Egyptian Woman’s Blog-to-book Success (That Has Nothing to Do With Marriage, Love, or Men)

Where Have All the Egyptian (Literature) Blogs Gone?

The most disappointingly silent Egyptian blog---perhaps not for Abderrahmane Mustafa, author of "The Loss of Popularity of Egyptian Blogging," but certainly for me---is Baheyya's. Baheyya, who has a lovely writing style and an incisive literary analysis, has posted only four times since the middle of last August. Mustafa's main concern, at least in his recent … Continue reading Where Have All the Egyptian (Literature) Blogs Gone?

Egypt’s Blog-to-Book Phenomenon: Positive or Negative for Arabic Book World?

Journalist and blogger Ahmed Naji has out a new book, Blogs From Post to Tweet. According to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, which is making printed copies available for free, "This book is the first to monitor five years of Arabic blogging by documenting history of the world of Arabic blogs since they … Continue reading Egypt’s Blog-to-Book Phenomenon: Positive or Negative for Arabic Book World?

P.S.: Is Colloquial Arabic Destroying the (Literary) World? Or Is It the Internet?

This week, Qantara explores the sometimes-literary Arabic bloggers' magazine, Wasla. The magazine culls from blogs around the Arab world and publishes them in a free print magazine; it's being billed as a bridge between online and offline worlds. The Qantara piece notes that while Elias Khoury and Sonallah Ibrahim have lauded the activities of young … Continue reading P.S.: Is Colloquial Arabic Destroying the (Literary) World? Or Is It the Internet?