AndFarAway is a blog started by Roba Al-Assi in 2004. It it one of earliest blogs in the Middle East, started in a world before YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.


Jordanian. Born in Amman. Currently making a living exploring, expanding, and enjoying the first love of her life, the World Wide Web. Spends her day as the Communication Manager of, the Middle East’s #1 Job Site, helping people create their lifestyle of choice by finding their perfect job.

Mostly writes about life in Amman (read here) and contemporary Arab culture (read here). Sometimes writes for magazines about technology.

About this blog

‘And Far Away…’ was started in 2004 as a place to save ideas that motivate, inspire, or touch the imagination of Roba. With time, an Arab blogging community emerged and as a result of interaction with other bloggers, the space became more personal. Unfortunately, blogging died with time and AndFarAway became one of the last few blogs standing in the region.


That’s pretty much it really, but just in case you’re curious to know more, here are some absolutely random bits about the author:

Roba’s bookshelf: read

The Amber Spyglass
Maus I: My Father Bleeds History
The God Delusion
Foundation's Edge
Foundation and Empire
Fetish Systems
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Olives: A Violent Romance
Steve Jobs
Introducing Feminism: A Graphic Guide
A Game of Thrones
Blood and Gold
How We Decide
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
All My Friends Are Superheroes
History of the Arabs, Revised: 10th Edition
Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
The Mists of Avalon

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