Muslims have “conservative” sexual behaviour, while Jews tend to be more liberal, according to a new study published in the American Sociological Review.
The study compares sexual behaviour, before and outside of marriage, of Muslims in several countries around the world, with their Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist compatriots, using data from the US Agency for International Development’s Demographic and Health Survey.
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According to the study’s findings, Muslim women were the least likely group to have had sex before marriage — while Jews and Buddhists were most likely to have had premaritial sex. Married Muslims were also less likely than other groups besides Buddhists to report extramarital sex (that is, sex with someone else than ones spouse).
“Religion and Sexual Behaviors: Understanding the Influence of Islamic Cultures and Religious Affliliation for Explaining Sex Outside of Marriage”, by Amy Adamcyzk, associate professor of sociology at City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was published in the October 2012 issue of the journal American Sociological Review.