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Jakarta Post

Muslim soulmates now connect in cyberspace

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 21 2009   /  01:46 pm

The times they are a-changin' and while matchmaking is an old profession, like many old professions it has had an uncanny ability to adapt to the present context. Some matchmaking services have chosen to focus on high-class clients, wooing users with candlelit dinners and free dining vouchers, targeting modern and cosmopolitan ideals. Others, however, still embrace long-standing ideals, including religious ones, but with revamped technology. An example of this is, an online Islamic dating service run by a couple with a extensive experience in traditional matchmaking. Website manager Nur Rokhmah and her husband initially opened a (non-Internet-based) matchmaking business in 1996, publishing advertisements in newspapers and meeting clients in person. "My mother inspired me," she says. "She had long been known as the matchmaker in town, and I eve...