Total by Year473.7951,132.2052,390.7013,849.7535,586.926
Popular and News-Driven Arab Blogs and Aggregators
Forum participants nominated the most popular and inuential blogs and content aggregators on and aboutthe Arab world today. Those named:
A Mother from Gaza
. Diary of Laila El-Haddad, a Palestinianjournalist and mother who divides her time betweenGaza and Durham, North Carolina.
The Angry Arab.
Thisblog by Prof. Ass’ad Abu Khalil is edgy and though itis California based it is also popular in the Arab World,especially in Lebanon.
is centered on Egyptbut also covers other areas of the Arab world, notablythe Levant and the Maghreb. While focused onpolitical issues, it also highlights important culturaltrends in the Arab world.
Baheyya: Egypt Analysisand Whimsy
. Commentary on Egyptian politics andculture by an Egyptian woman who blogs under thename Baheyya. The blog has been described as quietlyintrospective without any of the usual chest-beatingand hair tugging.
The Lands of Sands,
written by a blogger purportedly from Al-Ain inthe United Arab Emirates. This blog has been blockedin most Gulf countries due to its criticism of religionsin general and Islam in particular as well as criticizingnorms and traditions.
http://creativesyria.com/syrianbloggers/—CreativeSyria’s open forum for Syria bloggers and experts.
The Electronic Intifada
. U.S.-based Palestinian journalist AliAbunimah maintains this blog of news and opinion onPalestine and the Middle East.
,literally the “Village of the Indians” or “Village of Fools/Simpletons” refers to a popular satirical weekly cartoonin the Egyptian newspaper
. Topics of interest include religion, politics, media and popularculture, and food.
.AKuwaiti site somewhere between a traditional blog,electronic journalism and news website. The “We WantIt 5” movement was started and maintained from thissite—the movement has been instrumental in gettingthe Kuwaiti electoral law changed from about 25 or40 districts to 5. The result is less sectarianism andtribalism controlling Kuwaiti elections.
http://mahmood.tv/—Mahmood’s Den, by Bahrainibusinessman Mahmood Al-Yousif, includes news andcommentary on the Bahraini government, local andworld politics, religion and society, as well as glimpsesof his daily life and interests.
http://misrdigital.blogspirit.com/—Egyptian WaelAbbas’ award-winning blog; content is heavy withpictures and cartoons.
. A blog about daily life in thePalestinian city of Rafah, by Mohammed Omer. Omeris the recipient of the 2008 Martha Gelhorn Prizefor Journalism from the British Academy of Film andTelevision Arts.
. Written by HaithamSabbah, a Palestinian activist with a large following,this blog ranks 17,948 and has an authority of 257 onTechnorati. (Technorati Authority is the number of blogs linking to a website in the last six months. Thehigher the number, the more Technorati Authority theblog has.)
http://saudijeans.org/—Ahmed Al-Omran (aka theSaudi Blogfather) is also inuential in Saudi. Hetranscends traditional sectarian divides in that countryand is an active electronic campaigner who has keptthe world informed of the happenings in his countryand the recent detention and release of fellow Saudiblogger Fouad Al-Farhan.
http://wa7damasrya.blogspot.com/—Written by aCairo-based female blogger.
http://www.2by4.org/—written by Bader Alfraih,Kuwaiti blogger of note who is also responsible for theinitiation of physical bloggers meetings in Kuwait andthe creation of Kuwaiti blog aggregatorwww.kuwaitblogs.com.
is one of the oldest blogs in the Arab world,it has gained quite a following both from within andwithout Kuwait. The gentleman behind it goes by thepseudonym “Zaydoun.”
Manal and Alaa’s bit bucket
.Their greatest contribution is that they are such a goodforum.
In Arabic with some English postings
http://www.monaeltahawy.com/blog/—Mona Eltahawyis an award-winning New York-based journalist andcommentator on Arab and Muslim issues.
http://www.albawaba.com/—Jordan-based Arab newsand blog aggregator. (English)http://www.arabcrunch.com–
is one of the rst Arabian originated blogs dedicated to prolingand reviewing Arab-originated startups and existingInternet and mobile companies, their products andtheir services.
English, with Arabic site planned
http://bahrainblogs.org/—aggregator of blogs fromBahrain. (Arabic and English)http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/—non-protglobal citizens’ media project that presents the mostinuential or respected and credible bloggers orpodcasters in any given country. (English)http://www.ikhwanweb.com/– the MuslimBrotherhood ofcial English language website.(English)http://www.islamonline.net/– broad source of news,information on daily life and religion, family, art andculture, discussion forums. (Arabic and English)http://itoot.net/—pan-Arab blog aggregator thatsamples diverse array of blogs and shares the mostinteresting ideas, posts and conversations of the day.(Arabic and English)http://www.jeeran.com/—Jordan based (English)http://www.kuwaitblogs.com/—Kuwaiti blogaggregator (English)http://www.omraneya.net/—Egyptian blog aggregator(Arabic and English)http://uaecommunity.blogspot.com/—blog forumuniting webloggers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).(English)
Work39.8Work23.3Study52.2Study19.3Contacting my friends/ family62.3Contacting my friends/ family77.6Knowledge/ information46.6Knowledge/ information48.9General interests49.6General interests13.5
Audio and video streaming28.0Audio and video streaming45.2Collecting information and research66.2Collecting information and research80.6Chatting38.5Chatting63.6Downloading les73.4E-mails100.0Social websites72.0Downloading les77.3To play online games23.4Social websites46.5Sports news27.7To play online games25.4News49.3Sports news29.3Others11.2News70.6Others2.0