Mate selection criteria among Muslims living in America

Abdallah Mohammed Badahdah, Kathleen A. Tiemann

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There is a lively literature on sex differences in mate preferences primarily in Western cultures. The few cross-cultural studies that exist are limited, as they ignore the role of religion on mate preferences. In this article, we randomly selected 500 personal advertisements placed by Muslims who live in the United States. Content analysis revealed that there were no significant sex differences in seeking a physically attractive mate. However, women mentioned their physical attractiveness more than men did, while men, more than women, sought mates younger than themselves. Women preferred financially secure partners and placed a higher value on finding partners who were emotionally sensitive and sincere than did the men. Furthermore, women significantly, more than men, advertised their religiosity and sought religious partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-440
Number of pages9
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005



  • Content analysis
  • Mate selection
  • Muslims
  • Personal advertisements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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