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Considering there are some 1.8 billion Muslims on this planet, it shouldn’t be surprising that Muslims have joined the world of online dating. For many Muslims living in the West, online dating has been mainstream for at least a decade and there are plenty of places to learn and read more about the best dating sites and apps for Muslim singles.
Perhaps more interesting is a look at how is online dating is evolving in more conservative places, countries where Islam is the predominant religion.
Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, at approximately 225 million, and with such numbers comes diversity. One recent trend is pushing the opposite of dating. A movement called Indonesia Tanpa Pacaran espouses getting married before a single date. “Dating only wastes time, energy and money for a moment’s pleasure,” Indonesian writer and movement supporter La Ode Munafar told the Voice of America in 2017. “It’s not for serious relationships or building a house,” he added.
For every Indonesian deciding on dating without courtship, however, there are many more headed to a list of dating sites specifically for Muslims in Indonesia, which look nearly identical to any Western dating site.
Things in more conservative Muslim nations are slightly different. People who refer