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.
Jordanian Culture: Mansaf
Home Tradition of Ka3ek and Ma3moul
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
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
Madaba and Mt Nebo
Maqamat and Pella
Jerash and Ajloun
Ammanâ??s Urban Development and a Touch of Ideology
Mesha, King of Moab
Jabal AlWaibdeh Comes to Life
Our First Time in Tafileh
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
Dead Sea Pictures
A very Ammanish flea market
Day at the Dead Sea
Falafel @ Jabal Il-Hussein
Sharing my love for Dara
Revisiting the National Gallery
Putting West Amman on the Map. Literally.
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
Jordanâ??s Digital Culture
Ammanâ??s Clash of Cultures
A Valentines Day Fadfedah and/or Rant
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
Celebrating the dokaneh
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How Mobiles Can Kill You in Jordan
Jordan National Museum 2007
Jordanâ??s EnviroCops & the Trash Mentality
The Cost of Ramadan
Selfisheness: The Root of All Evil
Bits and Pieces
Fairy Tales from Arab Childhood 1
Fairy Tales from Arab Childhood 2
The Oldest/Biggest Tree in Jordan
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