Jordanian Bloggers: A Cultural Project?

I’ve been reading with some great interest the latest entries over at Tololy’s Box on some of the most facinating aspects of our Jordanian culture and traditions. (you should give them a read)

Then it came to me: the number one resource people always look to in order to discover more about our culture and traditions is the Internet nowadays. Books are out dated and articles are not much help at all.

And right now I believe Jordanian bloggers have the edge on the Internet in our society. We are the only people talking about our history our identity, our culture, traditions and national heritage. Suffice to say Jordan is a small country and information out there is limited. Only its people can help define it and introduce it to the world, and I believe bloggers are the people who have the power to do so. Case in point, whenever I post something that is somewhat cultural on my blog I always get a post or two from people who know nothing about Jordan and want to know a lot more.

There is a vast collection of just great posts written from the first hand perspectives and observations of Jordanian bloggers. Tololy, Natasha, Roba, Firas, Khalidah, and the “culture vulture” Lina, are just a big handful of Jordanian bloggers who post every now and then about these topics (myself included). I’m talking about posts which discuss our society, our customs, new cultural phenomenas, cultural clashes, hang out places, those old places, just everything in that realm and I think by the time you finish reading this sentence you will have probably remembered a post you remember reading (or writing) some place, some where. Find it.


So I wanted to start a bit of a project.
I don’t know what shape or form it will take in the long run so I’m open to ideas from all; an article, a group blog, a website etc. But for now I’m simply aiming to collect this vast assortment of posts from various Jordanian blogs that talk about our culture, traditions, history and heritage etc. The goal right now is to simply have this collection and find a way to use it in a positive way that will help give people all over the world an insight in to Jordan and who we are as Jordanians, as a people.

Again I’m welcome to all ideas and please feel free to post links to posts you’ve seen around the Jordanian blogosphere that make mention of these topics.

I want to focus on posts which actually discuss something or describe something but for now anything will do; sorting the data to make it useful will be another task all together.

Links Thus Far:

I’m too lazy to dig for more but I will add to it if everyone helps me out. If it doesn’t appear then please email me so I can dig it out from the death grip of my spam karma plugin

Also, please include the title of the post.

UPDATE: I added a few categories, very broad ones, just to help make the listing smoother.

Food

Jordanian Culture: Mansaf
Home Tradition of Ka3ek and Ma3moul
Olives Olives
Bomali
Goat
Bread
Sage
How About â??Kabsehâ? for a Change?
Mom Made â??Mansafâ? and the Blogger in me took Pictures!!!
How I Spent My Friday
Majestical Mansef in the USA!
Knafeh ya knafeh
Fish Shawarma: A Bird Flu Alternative

Places

Culture Vulture (Part II of Hanging out in Amman)
Hanging out in Amman (Part I)
Heritage and Culture a la Rainbow
Jabal Amman: The Birth of a Ammani Street Market
Habeebeh
Wadi Rum
Madaba and Mt Nebo
Maqamat and Pella
Abdali Souq
Desert Castles
Petra 1
Petra 2
Petra 3
Om Qais
Dead Sea
Jerash and Ajloun
Amman
Ammanâ??s Urban Development and a Touch of Ideology
Mesha, King of Moab
Jabal AlWaibdeh Comes to Life
Our First Time in Tafileh
Heading South
My turn for a short trip downtown
Vote for Petra as one of the New 7 Wonders!!
Last time I was in Aqaba
A peek inside Karak Castle
Memories of a hill
Ode to Madaba
The road south
Anita
Dead Sea Pictures
Jordan Wild
Amman Yesterday
Lavazza

Amman, Amman
A very Ammanish flea market
Day at the Dead Sea
Road trip!
Falafel @ Jabal Il-Hussein
Sharing my love for Dara
Revisiting the National Gallery
Cafe Amman
Putting West Amman on the Map. Literally.

History

A Look back: Jordanian Bedu Army weapons inspection
A look back: Jordanian Bedouin troops
A look back: British military police in Amman
A look back: Amman demonstration
A look back: King Hussein’s Coronation in 1953
A look back: Downtown Amman 1970
A look back: Brits in the bazaars
Do You Remember? King Abdullah in Disguise?
Tracing Jordanâ??s History Through Stamps
The True Meaning of the Jordanian Flag
Jordanâ??s Mysterious Money History

Customs

Mensaf rules revisted…
Jordanian Culture: Jaha
Easter
(The Adha ritual we can never go without – BBQ – YAY!!!)
Hajj Goodie Bags
The Watermelon Tent
Dabkeh Dancing

People

Jordanian Fingerprints (Part I)
Bedouin
Bedouin girls of Petra
The Msa7arati 1
Msa7arati 2
Uhhh, no parle pas Francais or Lebanesais! Only Jordanie!
Abu Ali and the Culture Shack

Commentaries

Jordanâ??s Digital Culture
Ammanâ??s Clash of Cultures
A Valentines Day Fadfedah and/or Rant
Mosalsal 2ordoni
Bandora or Banadoora
Only in Jordan
(To date, or not to date??)
(Memoirs of a Jordanian Spinster!!)
World Culture Forum in Jordan
Nine Reasons to Love Jordan
DEATH TO GARDENS STREET!
On weddings, fashionistic Riyadhites, and the pleasures of being a Ammanite
Kan ya makan…
Why Amman can never be GPSed
Another term…
Celebrating the dokaneh
Teen Culture
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Jordanianism
How Mobiles Can Kill You in Jordan
Jordan National Museum 2007
Jordanâ??s EnviroCops & the Trash Mentality
Jordan 2050
The Cost of Ramadan
Selfisheness: The Root of All Evil

Bits and Pieces

Money
Traffic Lights
â??Scientific Mythsâ?
The weekend
Buses
Buses 2
Buses 3
Dyna Trucks
Fairy Tales from Arab Childhood 1
Fairy Tales from Arab Childhood 2
The Oldest/Biggest Tree in Jordan
Mosaic coasters
An image from Jordan
Abu Il Abed just got a make over!
Jordanian/Palestinian Culture Item
The hills are alive…
Spring & Rubas
49 awesome things to do in Jordan this summer
The Ruby Slippers
Jordan: A Love â??Letterâ??
Jordanian Society Etiquette: A List of Grievances

Strictly Photography

Jordan is…
Jordan the Beautiful
Amman Today
Old Amman
Church and Mosque
Pigeons Over the Sunset
The amusements of the desert-bred
Some of Jordan’s Wild Flowers

Architecture

Housing and Hay Il Rashid
The Second Circle
The King Hussein Ben Talal Mosque

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  1. [...] I spent the last hour or so adding links to a growing list of culturally related posts from around the Jordanian blogosphere for my little “Cultural Project” . I want to thank all the bloggers who have pitched in to help and/or with promises to help. [...]

  2. [...] So I’m still making the minor changes here and there, especially putting up a standard header for those who don’t have flash as well as setting up a dedicated page for Jordanian Culture as soon as I figure out a clever way to organize the links. In the meantime, people, please, for the love of God get Firefox. [...]