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’.“
"I admit that it is not strong evidence, but it does conjure a scene of the two lovers having a conversation with this Ottoman dignitary as they milled around at Pashkov’s feminist conference."
There's a new Cairo books blog, recently launched by AUC Middle East Studies librarian Mark Muehlhaeusler, called Cairo Booklore.
Tasnim Qutait gave herself a wide berth when she named her new blog project, begun last fall, the "Arab Arts Blog." While she defines the Arab & arts parts of the project, she leaves "blog" up to your imagination. AAB has mostly discussed fiction, but there are also sections for theater, sculpture, performance art, film, visual art, documentary, … Continue reading New Blog to Watch: Arab Arts Blog
Less than a year ago, I came across arablit.wordpress.com on the AUC website.
And really must see me talk about the blog as literary salon, well: No, I have no idea what I'm doing with my hands.
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’
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)
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?
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?
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?