In my humble opinion, marriage is one of the most important decisions humans are to make in their lives, because unlike career, which is also extremely important, marriage creates more humans who in turn have to go through the same cycle that in turn affects a circle of humans around them.
I have already shared my opinions on marriage here, and nothing much have changed regarding my view of marriage since then, so I will share the opinions of others and some posts regarding the problem of marriage in our society. Before I share though, allow me to make a few things about my personal regarding the details clear, and they are quite easygoing. I don’t see any problems in an interracial marriages (although I’m not very comfortable with the whole prospect of my kids not being Arab) and I don’t think a interreligious marriage is likely to work but I don’t see a problem in trying to make it work.
The first thing I want to share is written by Sarrah, whose mom is American and Dad is Saudi. I’ve actually wanted to share this post for a while, but I didn’t get the chance to. In Saudi Arabia, it’s very common for the men to take a foreign wife, and in most of the cases I knew personally, it wasn’t working at all. The cultures are way too different, and the Saudi culture is too rigorous even for an Arab and Muslim such as myself. Sarrah’s post on interracial marriages tackles this phenomena from first hand experience, and it’s a very interesting read.
Moving over from marriage to relationships, the third post is from one of my favorite blogs, Farah’s Sowaleef. I think this is the first English blog around that shows the austere reality of being a young Saudi woman living in Saudi Arabia, and Farah has a humorous and very insightful way that is hard to resist. I, of course, having lived in the world that Farah writes about for nearly two decades, can completely relate. In this post, she writes about how the young Saudi generation is finding a release for their oppression and frustration through online meeting network Hi5.
Finally, completely clear from marriage and relationships, I find myself obliged to share that there is a very interesting Gulfian photoblogging scene on Flickr. I will share some of my favorite users- Kinki who photoblogs from the UAE, Babycakes from Bahrain, Arooj from the UAE, Miss Pixel(Saudi living in Saudi, thanks Wael), Saudi who is a Saudi living in the UAE, and finally, S3ood living in the UK.