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Outside of sub-Saharan Africa, however, attitudes are different. “[Polygamy] is not that common in the Muslim world,” Jenny B.
White, a Boston University Anthropology professor who specializes in Islam, told the Mr.
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.
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.
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.
Khan hopes his clients think long and hard about whether they follow Koranic law, though his site has no way of verifying that new sign-ups are, in fact, Muslim.
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.