Kazakhs search for love with online Muslim dating site

Mar 22, 2012
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With all the news in the past year about social media being used to organize protests, revolutions and better access to information, it can be easy to forget that the Internet can also be used to help people fulfill a much more fundamental human need: love.

A new website launched in Kazakhstan is hoping to address that need for the country’s religious singles, according to RIA Novosti. The site–Nikah1.ru (or “wedding1″)–is billed as a Muslim online dating site for both male and female Kazaks with ”sincere intentions to create a religious family”.

The site allows users to look through profiles of men and women from the ages 14 to 79, though according to RIA Novosti; users ”seeking pleasure and with sinful desires” will be blocked.

Nikah1 even has the backing of local religious leaders. “A Muslim man can’t just go up to a woman on the street and ask her to be his friend because Sharia law forbids it. We think such a website will help people meet and create a family,” said a spokesman for Almaty’s central mosque.

 


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Joshua Boissevain

Joshua Boissevain is a research associate and editorial assistant at Transitions Online. He's also a freelance journalist and photographer based in Prague. Find him on twitter at @joshboissevain.
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