Opinions about polygamy vary wildly in the Muslim world, a 2013 Pew Research study found, with Muslims in Sub-Saharan Africa being the most widely accepting.Outside of sub-Saharan Africa, however, attitudes are different. “[Polygamy] is not that common in the Muslim world,” Jenny B.
But be warned: there is a system in place to prevent misusers.
The site will remove any profiles that contain “abusive or disruptive messages,” and also encourages users to report suspicious behavior.
“We also charge a high premium for our service as a deterrent for misuse,” he continued, arguing that the $15 to $30 fee (for men only; every day is ladies’ night at Second Wife.com) dissuades riff raff: “If you cannot afford a subscription,” he explained, “then surely you cannot afford a second wife!
When the Observer first logged on, it looked like a standard online dating site: Women’s profiles, each with a non-identifying username, lined the page; we could filter prospects by age, location, appearance and interests.
But this wasn’t Ok Cupid, Match.com, or even adultery marketplace Ashley Madison.
This was Second Wife.com, a matchmaking site that enables Muslim men to search for second, third, or fourth wives (the Islamic limit). Originally, he had hoped to create a more traditional matchmaking site, but found that the market was already saturated.On the flip side, women can search Second profiles if they hope to become an extra wife. “There [were] plenty of fish (excuse the pun) to compete with,” he said.Yusuf Khan, a web developer and entrepreneur, launched the UK-based polygamy site three months ago. “The key to online success in 2014 is finding a niche,” Mr. “Being aware of Islam and Polygamy I saw an opportunity so decided to go with it.After doing research I discovered that we have little to [no] competition.” The Koran permits men to marry up to four wives, as long as they can support them financially and treat them all equally.According to , less than 5 percent of Muslims practice polygamy.A 2008 report by NPR estimated that 50,000 to 100,000 American Muslims engage in the practice, or between 3.7 and 7.4 percent based on a population estimate by Trinity College.