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Egyptiska bloggare: Del av en tradition och ett uppror
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Asian and African Languages and Cultures, Semitic languages.
2012 (Swedish)In: Årsbok/Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet i Uppsala, ISSN 0349-0416, 109-130 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper I present five popular Egyptian bloggers who blog in Arabic and show their posts to be activist, at times breaking taboos with regard to what may be said publicly about the president, the government and State Security. While doing this they also adhere to a deep-seated Arabic tradition of using cultural instruments of expression. From the vantage point of Sabry Hafez’ (2011) findings with regard to despondency and gloom in Arabic literary texts from the 1900s, we find these bloggers to be vexed with the pervasive corruption, harassment from State Security and lack of democratic rights such as freedom of speech and rule of law in their society. With Hoda Elsadda (2010 and 2012) we also perceive these bloggers to be creative while voicing vibrant and diverse views in their posts. No matter how activist or radical the blogger emerges, a substantial instrument of expression may be derived from the Arabic cultural tradition of poetry in the service of resistance.

The bloggers according to popularity ranking when they were selected during 2010: (1) Wael Abbas (Wāʾil ʿAbbās), (2) Abdel Moneim Mahmoud (ʿAbd al-Munʿim Maḥmūd), (3) Ashraf al-Anany (Ashraf al-ʿAnānī), (4) Nawara Negm (Nawwāra Najm), (5) Ahmed Shokeir (Aḥmad Shuqayr).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala, 2012. 109-130 p.
Keyword [en]
Egyptian bloggers, Arabic blogs, activism, Arabic poetry
Keyword [sv]
Egyptiska bloggare, arabiska bloggar, aktivism, arabisk poesi
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Literature; Media and Communication Studies; Semitic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213703OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213703DiVA: diva2:683318
The Nature and Impact of the Arabic Blogosphere: What kind of publics?
Swedish Research Council, 2009-1869
Available from: 2014-01-03 Created: 2014-01-02 Last updated: 2016-02-16

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