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Blogging from EgyptDigital Literature, 2005-2016$
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Teresa Pepe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474433990

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433990.001.0001

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Arabic Literature Goes Digital

Arabic Literature Goes Digital

(p.28) 1 Arabic Literature Goes Digital
Blogging from Egypt

Teresa Pepe

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides the historical context in which Egyptian blogs appeared. Drawing on ethnographic research on the Internet and in the Egyptian literary sphere, it shows that the introduction of Internet tools in the Arab world was soon accompanied by the emergence of numerous platforms for distributing and discussing Arabic literature, such as forums, literary websites, online publishing houses, the Internet Arab Writers Union, and so on. This atmosphere was conducive to the adoption of blogs as a platform for literary experimentation in Egypt. The chapter then focuses on blogging in the Arab world and in particular in Egypt, providing a short history of its development. It also addresses how Internet media have affected Arabic literature as a tool for publishing and distribution, as in the case of book-blogs.

Keywords:   Internet ethnography, Egyptian literature, Forums, Websites, Online publishing, Blogging, Arabic literature, Egypt, Book-blogs

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