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When it comes to extramarital sex, the study ‘found that married Muslims are less likely than all other major religious groups, except Buddhists, to report extramarital sex.’ Photo by Dreamstime
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Could Jews be members of the most sexually promiscuous religion on earth? A new study, “Religion and Sexual Behaviors: Understanding the Influence of Islamic Cultures and Religious Affiliation for Explaining Sex Outside of Marriage,” written up in the journal “American Sociological Review,” seems to say so. It also found that Muslims are the most conservative when it comes to matters of sex.

While the focus of the study was on Muslims, it compared the pre-marital and extra-marital sexual behavior of Muslims in a wide range of countries to that of Christians, Hindus and Jews in those countries.

The study’s authors found that Muslim women were least likely to report having had sex before marriage, while Buddhists and Jews reported being most likely, followed by Christians, who were trailed by Hindus.

Jews were “significantly more likely than Muslims and most other groups to report premarital sex,” according to one of the authors, Amy Adamczyk.

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