Communications and Society Program

Popular and News-Driven Arab Blogs and Aggregators

Forum participants nominated the most popular and influential blogs and content aggregators on and about the Arab world today. Those named: Mother from Gaza. Diary of Laila El-Haddad, a Palestinian journalist and mother who divides her time between Gaza and Durham, North Carolina. In English Angry Arab. This blog by Prof. Ass’ad Abu Khalil is edgy and though it is California based it is also popular in the Arab World, especially in Lebanon. In English Arabist is centered on Egypt but also covers other areas of the Arab world, notably the Levant and the Maghreb. While focused on political issues, it also highlights important cultural trends in the Arab world. In English —Baheyya: Egypt Analysis and Whimsy. Commentary on Egyptian politics and culture by an Egyptian woman who blogs under the name Baheyya. The blog has been described as quietly introspective without any of the usual chest-beating and hair tugging. In English Lands of Sands, written by a blogger purportedly from Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. This blog has been blocked in most Gulf countries due to its criticism of religions in general and Islam in particular as well as criticizing norms and traditions. In Arabic —Creative Syria's open forum for Syrian bloggers and experts. In English Electronic Intifada. U.S.-based Palestinian journalist Ali Abunimah maintains this blog of news and opinion on Palestine and the Middle East. In English al-Hanadwa, literally the “Village of the Indians” or “Village of Fools/Simpletons” refers to a popular satirical weekly cartoon in the Egyptian newspaper Akhbar al-Youm. Topics of interest include religion, politics, media and popular culture, and food. In English Al-Safat. A Kuwaiti site somewhere between a traditional blog, electronic journalism and news website. The “We Want It 5” movement was started and maintained from this site—the movement has been instrumental in getting the Kuwaiti electoral law changed from about 25 or 40 districts to 5. The result is less sectarianism and tribalism controlling Kuwaiti elections. In Arabic’s Den, by Bahraini businessman Mahmood Al-Yousif, includes news and commentary on the Bahraini government, local and world politics, religion and society, as well as glimpses of his daily life and interests. In English —Egyptian Wael Abbas’ award-winning blog; content is heavy with pictures and cartoons. In Arabic Today. A blog about daily life in the Palestinian city of Rafah, by Mohammed Omer. Omer is the recipient of the 2008 Martha Gelhorn Prize for Journalism from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In English Blog. Written by Haitham Sabbah, a Palestinian activist with a large following, this blog ranks 17,948 and has an authority of 257 on Technorati. (Technorati Authority is the number of blogs linking to a website in the last six months. The higher the number, the more Technorati Authority the blog has.) In English —Ahmed Al-Omran (aka the Saudi Blogfather) is also influential in Saudi. He transcends traditional sectarian divides in that country and is an active electronic campaigner who has kept the world informed of the happenings in his country and the recent detention and release of fellow Saudi blogger Fouad Al-Farhan. In English —Written by a Cairo-based female blogger. In Arabic —written by Bader Alfraih, Kuwaiti blogger of note who is also responsible for the initiation of physical bloggers meetings in Kuwait and the creation of Kuwaiti blog aggregator In English Unplugged is one of the oldest blogs in the Arab world, it has gained quite a following both from within and without Kuwait. The gentleman behind it goes by the pseudonym "Zaydoun." In Arabic —Manal and Alaa’s bit bucket. Their greatest contribution is that they are such a good forum. In Arabic with some English postings —Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning New York-based journalist and commentator on Arab and Muslim issues. In English

Aggregators: —Jordan-based Arab news and blog aggregator. (English) is one of the first Arabian originated blogs dedicated to profiling and reviewing Arab-originated startups and existing Internet and mobile companies, their products and their services. (In English, with Arabic site planned) —aggregator of blogs from Bahrain. (Arabic and English) —non-profit global citizens’ media project that presents the most influential or respected and credible bloggers or podcasters in any given country. (English) —the Muslim Brotherhood official English language website. (English) —broad source of news, information on daily life and religion, family, art and culture, discussion forums. (Arabic and English) —pan-Arab blog aggregator that samples diverse array of blogs and shares the most interesting ideas, posts and conversations of the day. (Arabic and English) —Jordan based (English) —Kuwaiti blog aggregator (English) —Egyptian blog aggregator (Arabic and English) —blog forum uniting webloggers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (English)

Previous | Next