Honorable Mentions

computerbookAdmit it, you’ve gQQgled yourself at some point. Wasn’t it fun?! When the results were good, that is.

I have wanted to write a post called “Honorable Mentions” for a long time but just never got around to it. The intention is not to toot my own horn but rather 1) to offer more reading material outside of the blog and 2) display link love. I have done the second one before when giving other bloggers the opportunity to put the FHWS link on their blog in return for putting their blog link on the FHWS blog. Except I had to discontinue it because the side bar was getting too long! Why didn’t I just create a page for it back then? QadrAllah. If your blog wasn’t mentioned and you currently have a FHWS link on it, please let me know in the comment section by giving the link. Or if you plan to participate in the link exchange, submit your blog URL in the comment section. Please note that I will have to review blogs that I am not familiar with before approving comments. If your comment doesn’t show up immediately, check back within 24 hours.

Below are results of the search terms I used on Google. Some of the links were already published on FHWS, usually because they came up in my Google feed or I was informed by the author or a FHWS reader at the time. So these weren’t included to avoid redundancy. If you are aware of any other blogs/websites that I didn’t catch, please share in the comment section.

This list is in no way comprehensive…its impossible to go through all of those hits at one time. Consider this a starting point and expect the page to be updated from time to time. In cases where the link was too long, I shortened it using bitly.com



Title: Networked Digital Technologies: Third International Conference, NDT 2011, Macau, China, July 11-13, 2011, Proceedings
Author: Simon Fong
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 27, 2011 – Computers – 448 pages
Source: Google Books
Description: “This book constitutes the proceedings of the Third International Conference on Networked Digital Technologies, held in Macau, China, in July 2011. The 41 revised papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 127 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on information security, networks, information management, multimedia, human computer interaction and simulation, e-learning and e-government, Web services/semantics, user centric information system/intelligent computing, and data mining.”
Tara Umm Omar mentioned: Page 234 (screen capture of page; see thumbnail)
Location: http://bit.ly/1QHZHCC

Title: Web 2.0 Technologies and Democratic Governance: Political, Policy and Management Implications
Author: Christopher G. Reddick, Stephen K. Aikins
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 15, 2012 – Political Science – 276 pages
Source: Google Books
Description: “Web 2.0 has become the buzz word for describing social media available on the Internet, such as blogs, photo and file sharing systems and social networking sites. These Web 2.0 applications are rapidly transforming citizen-citizen and citizen-government interactions in a manner not seen before. In recognition of these trends, governments are already taking a very close look at Web 2.0 and online communities in order to leverage them for designing products and services and for providing citizen services. This book brings together international scholars to provide the theoretical and practical contexts for understanding the nature of Web 2.0 technologies and their impact on political, public policy and management processes, and to explore how best Web 2.0 applications can be leveraged and aligned with the strategic goals of government organizations to add value and ensure effective governance. Drawing from experiences from countries around the globe, the book provides the theoretical context of the potential for Web 2.0 applications to transform government services, as well as practical examples of leading public sector institutions that have attempted to use Web 2.0 applications to enhance government operations, policy making and administration. There are three parts to the book, namely 1) Perspectives on Web 2.0 and Democratic Governance, 2) The Political, Policy and Management Impacts of Web 2.0 in Government, and 3) Leveraging Web 2.0 Applications for Effective Governance. This book differs from existing edited books on Web 2.0 technologies that focus primarily on politics and e-democracy because it examines the impact of the applications on politics, policy and public management. The book contributes toward the literature by filling the existing void and expanding knowledge in the field of public administration and policy, making it of interest to both academics and policy-makers.”
Tara Umm Omar mentioned: Page 112
Location: http://bit.ly/1hLN1P1

Title: My Thoughts As Riyadh’s Skies Poured (for some reason I didn’t find this on the blog)
Author: Tara Umm Omar
Publisher: Saudi Life
Description: That day in 2010 when the heavens unleashed a furious rainstorm. I remember exactly where I was that day! It was a time when you are in awe of the power of Allah and make serious du’a for His forgiveness and mercy. Islamic daleel given on wind/rain.
Location: http://bit.ly/1LY74YK

Title: Why Saudi Women Blog (retrieved from the URL address)
Author: New Media and Development Communications” is a course created and led by Professor Anne Nelson in 2007 at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Publisher: see author
Description: “Visits to female Saudi blogs and email interviews have shown mixed purposes for blogging among Saudi women.”
Location: http://www.columbia.edu/itc/sipa/nelson/newmediadev08/Why%20Saudi%20Women%20Blog.html

Title: I’m Marrying A Saudi
Author: marryingasaudi
Description: Provided link to a FHWS post, “Permanent Iqamah”
Location: http://marryingasaudi.tumblr.com/post/115126628917/permanent-iqamah-future-husbands-and-wives-of

Title: Global Voices
Author: Amira Al-Hussaini
Description: Provided link to a FHWS post, “The Power Of Prayer”
Location: https://globalvoices.org/2010/05/05/saudi-arabia-the-power-of-prayer

Title: H.R.H Princess Sahab Abdullah’s fan page
Author: Someone who knows Princess Sahab, daughter of the late King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Sa’ud
Source: Fakebook
Description: Provided link to a FHWS post, “Marriage Between Bahraini King’s Son And Saudi King’s Daughter”
Location: https://www.facebook.com/Princess.Sahab/posts/204511956273216

Title: Middle East, East, and Royals
Author: NJ K
Source: Pinterest
Description: Provided link to a FHWS post, “Prince Hashim Of Jordan Marries A Saudi”
Location: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/424886546070816264

Title: How the Canadian Government Failed this Woman from Saudi Arabia
Author: Amanda Eifert
Source: Flurt Mag, Current Events
Description: Provided link to the FHWS blog for a picture of Nathalie that I’ve used in a post but I am not the original source of it
Location: http://www.flurtmag.com/2013/08/how-the-canadian-government-failed-this-woman-from-saudi-arabia

Title: Blacks In Saudi Arabia
Author: St. Stanislaus College, Georgetown, Guyana
Description: Provided link to a FHWS post, “Would A Saudi Woman Marry A Black Non-Saudi Man”
Location: http://stanislauscollege.blogspot.com/2014/03/blacks-in-saudi-arabia.html

Title: How Do You Marry An American Muslim On A Scholarship From Saudi Arabia?
Source: Ummah forum
Description: Provided two links to the FHWS blog, “Marriage Permission Procedures” and “Marriage Permission, Not In A Million Years”. Interesting thread…hope it can be useful to someone.
Location: http://www.ummah.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-342353.html

Title: Notes
Author: Bry in Morocco
Source: Near Eastern Reflections
Description: Provided link to a FHWS post, “Male And Female Blogging”
Location: http://bryinmorocco.blogspot.com/2010/06/notes.html

Title: Telling My Family I Have An Offer To Work In Saudi Arabia
Author: Melanie Aquino Cera
Source: Favorite’s Queendom
Description: Provided link to a FHWS post, “Susie’s New Life In Saudi Arabia”
Location: http://favoritequeendom.blogspot.com/2009/11/1-tell-your-parents-significant-other.html

Title: Pilot Study, Tourist Marriage In Yemen
Author: International Organization For Migration (IOM)
Description: “Footnote 95, al‐Hilaly, K. ‘Saudis Top List of Foreigners Marrying Yemenis In 2009.’ 26 February 2010. Available
at https://taraummomar.wordpress.com.” I didn’t write this article that they included in their footnote, it was merely a repost. Credit is actually due to the author that they quoted, K. Al-Hilaly.
Location: http://publications.iom.int/bookstore/free/Tourist_Marriage_Yemen.pdf

Title: Blogosphere
Author: Anita
Source: Get2Know Saudi Arabia, The Survival Guide
Description: Provided link to the home page of FHWS.
Location: http://www.get2knowsaudiarabia.com/p/blogosphere.html

Title: A Canadian In Riyadh
Author: Orchidthief
Description: Provided link to FHWS on sidebar.
Location: http://canadianinriyadh.blogspot.com

Title: What Does It Take For Saudis To Marry Non-Saudis?
Author: Nuryn
Source: A Big Message
Description: “Such sentiments may not project the whole picture. Tara Umm Omar is an American lady married to a Saudi and living in Saudi Arabia. She runs a blog, Future Husbands and Wives of Saudis, that helps people make the right decisions about marrying Saudis and that gives guidance on the Saudi marriage approval process. She was livid at what Hassna Mokhta had to go through. But her own experience marrying a Saudi man has not been all that smooth-sailing either. Tara Umm Omar queries how the Saudi rules are safeguarding her husband’s rights by refusing to give them a new marriage certificate despite granting them official marriage permission, thus leaving her without an iqamah (residence permit), and her son without a Saudi passport or national identification card.” This was written 5 years ago…happy to say that my situation has changed for the better since then alhamdullah. Oops I was supposed to write about that this summer :-/
Location: http://www.abigmessage.com/what-does-it-take-for-saudis-to-marry-non-saudis.html

Title: Interview: All You Wanted To Know About Susie of Arabia
Author: Jeddah Blog
Description: Susie mentions FHWS in answer to the question, “Do you feel that much too often, a Western model of reform and change is superimposed on Saudi Arabia?”
Location: http://jeddah-blog.com/2012/04/22/susie-of-arabia-blog

Title: Someone Can Help Me Get The Saudi Marriage Permission As Soon As P?
Author: ortizandra10
Source: Expat Blog
Description: “Glamorous” provided link to the FHWS home page
Location: http://www.expat-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=400915

Title: Can Two Different Nationalities Get Married In Saudi Arabia?
Author: stigandre-norway
Source: Expat Blog
Description: “Tansari” provided a link to the FHWS post, “Saudi Marriage Permission”
Location: http://www.expat-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=387242

Title: I Want An Honest Opinion About My Situation
Author: missindependent
Source: Expat Blog
Description: “Trapezius” provided a link to three FHWS posts. Check out the links at the bottom of the thread.
Location: http://www.expat-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=334228

Title: Need Information Please
Author: ctaylor74
Source: Expat Blog
Description: “Trapezius” provided a link to three FHWS posts. Check out the links, 5th post from the top
Location: http://www.expat-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=328660

Title: Seeking Marriage Permission
Author: Ealali
Source: Expat Blog
Description: “Xenolol” and “HRGuru” each provide a link back to FHWS, 5th and 18th post from the top
Location: http://www.expat-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=325230

Title: American Girl To Marry Saudi And Move To Riyadh
Author: amyasb
Source: Expat Blog
Description: “musicman provided link to FHWS post, “Susie’s New Life In Saudi Arabia”
Location: http://www.expat-blog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=18191

Title: Colombian In Jeddah
Author: Paola Morales Pena
Source: Submitted by author
Description: A Colombian national blogs in Spanish language about the Arab and Muslim culture and the process in order to live in Saudi Arabia with her Saudi husband. She confirms things that are talked about in the media as well as negates erroneous beliefs that are seen and read in the media. Her blog also serves the purpose of keeping her family and friends up to date of everything that happens in her life while she lives in a controversial culture.
Location: https://colombianaenjeddah.wordpress.com


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