Saudi Arabia: Saudi Women with African Heritage

 

Sylvina Poole is a senior journalist in the Richmond, Virginia area. She is working on a research project regarding the women in Saudi Arabia and in particular, the Saudi women with black skin who are generally of African heritage. Specific questions she’d like answered pertaining to her research are as follows:

What are the personal stories of Saudi women with black skin? Are they treated any differently by lighter skinned Saudis?  Do they face any kind of challenges lighter skinned Saudi women would not face?  Why or why not?

What are their experiences with oppression, if any?

How did the Saudi women with black skin come to be in the Kingdom?  Why is she living there?  Are Saudi women with black skin as accepted as the Saudi women with lighter skin?

Are career opportunities or marriage opportunities fewer for Saudi women with black skin?

How does she feel about the state of affairs for the Saudi woman?

Any resources or data on this subject would be appreciated.

 

Sylvina Poole

Email:  srpoole1@yahoo.com

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19 Responses

  1. what an interesting topic of research..id love to see the results.
    All the best for your project.

  2. @Sylvina & AB

    Mind if I forward this?

  3. Shouldnt she be travelling to saudi and asking women , how they feel?

  4. @ana.hindi

    Do you honestly think it’s all that easy to travel to Saudi Arabia? Especially regarding studies. Sorta makes sense that she’s reaching out to this blog, since I’m sure it gets top results on google when it comes to all thing Saudi; even though most of the commentators are actually not Arab, or even Saudi for that matter.

    JC Will you stop using all these different mail-addresses when commenting on this blog? We are tired of taking your comments out of moderation.
    The moderators

  5. @JC

    Saudi Arabia is no heaven . there are plenty of nonmuslism here for studies and for work too ..

    “‘even though most of the commentators are actually not Arab, or even Saudi for that matter.”‘

    so , its a waste of time when most who coment here are not saudis (and most who coment are ignotrant of islam and saudi ).

    may i ask where are the saudis online?

  6. @JC – please do forward it.

  7. ana.hindi… “(and most who coment are ignotrant of islam and saudi ).”

    You have been coming to this blog for about 5 min compared to MOST of the rest of us. You have no idea how much or how little MOST of us know about islam and or saudi.

    The only one showing his/her ignorance is you.

  8. I will be interested in the outcome of the study. I have several black sisters-in-law in KSA. Only one of them socializes with Arab Saudis. I do not know if this is by choice or exclusion. She took me to a ‘high society Arab’ wedding and I think I could count on one hand the number of black faces present amongst the 1000 women. My brothers-in-law are Saudi citizens born and raised in KSA. The wives came from Sudan though.

  9. Coolred38, on December 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm said:

    ana.hindi… “(and most who coment are ignotrant of islam and saudi ).”

    You have been coming to this blog for about 5 min compared to MOST of the rest of us. You have no idea how much or how little MOST of us know about islam and or saudi.

    The only one showing his/her ignorance is you.

    i dint think i need to say on this because most who coment here are nonmuslim and thier words are take for granted by other nonmuslism as if they are scholars and have studied islam in azhar uni or some authentic uni,

  10. @Coolred38,

    ana hindi cannot win debates based on facts or knowledge. He showed lack of knowledge about his own religion and Saudi Arabia. For example suggesting a person can just pick up and show up at Saudi to enter the county and do a study, indicates that he does not know the complexity of Saudi immigration rules.

    Claiming others are ignorant without actually making a valid argument is a debate technique for losers, who cannot provide the necessary facts to support their points.

    I think most of the commentators here have shown better knowledge than Hindi does. And of course it does not matter whether they are Arab or not, in the same manner as Hindi’s none Arab background (based on his pride of his Indian heritage) does not matter.

  11. Do you know if it’s including 1st or 2nd generation Saudis whose families came recently from Africa?

  12. people always judge things based on what they hear and not what they experiance any ways ,, let the ignorance prevail.

    THere is no place on earth that is as it is said to be there are flaws every where that can be exploited .
    But yes saudis do let amreicans enter easily but they dont get access to makkah and madena( non muslims).

  13. ana.hindi, What the hell are you talking about? Except that they breathe an atmosphere of belligerency, your sentences make no sense whatsoever!

  14. @ana.hindi,

    “people always judge things based on what they hear and not what they experiance any ways”

    No, people have many ways to make judgement including:

    – What they hear from others
    – Their own experiences
    – They read and research
    – They depend on a diverse set of ideas that they picked up through a life time of experience
    – etc.

    It seems you are limiting yourself to only the first item on the list. No wonder you come up with such irrational conclusions. Others may have chosen to diversify their sources…

  15. @Admin

    My apologies! Sometimes I log on on campus, and forget the fake e-mail I use as a placeholder. I’ll be sure to use a vaguely easy one to remember from here on out.

  16. Wendy,

    Could you please tell us more about your sister-in-laws. I’m one that doesn’t have a lot of access to Saudi culture.

  17. I’m not sure what you’d like to know, Annie. Could you be more specific.

  18. @ana.hindi
    Stop embarrassing yourself. I am Saudi, and although I don’t post here as much as I used to, I’ve been here for years as well, and have read or interacted with most of the posters you are deriding. And let me tell you, they know about Islam and Saudis more than most Muslims and Saudis.

  19. I would like to thank everyone who responded to my call for information regarding the Black Saudi woman. Every comment is important to me for this study. Let’s see how we can work together and for the first time in history create an awareness about the unique experiences of the Black Saudi woman. My work will serve as a resource for future research to move the needs and the rights of all Saudi women forward.
    There is a reason why this information is not readily available. Thanks. Sylvina Poole Email: srpoole1@yahoo.com.

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