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Members can chat for as long as they want over the site’s private messaging system, as long as the conversations “don’t take an Islamically inappropriate direction,” Mr. If a pair decides they’re compatible, they can grant each other access to their photos, which are otherwise kept private. Khan said, couples can choose to meet in “an appropriate setting [that] is in accordance to Islamic guidelines.” Perhaps it was the unusual blending of a religious custom with modern-day technology, but we found it hard to imagine hordes of religious Muslim men enlisting the Internet to help them find second wives.

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As actress Emma Thompson opined in a 2013 interview with Mumsnet, “I do think that monogamy is an odd state, and actually I think it's an odd state for women.”, Showtime’s sexy reality program about polyamorous couples and families who consensually maintain multiple relationships at the same time.

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.” , less than 5 percent of Muslims practice polygamy.

“The idea is that women and the children from these unions are all protected, well taken care of and in the legitimate line of descent and inheritance,” Ms. Though that’s the ideal, things sometimes turn out differently.

Some men take younger women as second wives and end up neglecting or divorcing their older wives, “leaving them and their children destitute,” Ms. There are also scary cases in lawless, war-torn regions, where girls might be captured or sold by their own parents as second or third wives. White said, “the word ‘wife’ hides a more sordid reality of buying and selling women and girls for sex, rather than the original intent of Islamic law permitting polygyny.” She also warned that in countries where polygamy is illegal—like Turkey, her area of expertise—”men who ‘marry’ second wives by Islamic rites are actually not legally married, so the women and their children have no legal rights.” But Mr.Even OKCupid began offering members the option to indicate whether they’re looking for a strictly or "slightly" monogamous relationship.