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In Mideast, religion looms large in coronavirus misinformation blitz

May 27, 2020

By the AFP

Mass conversions, immunity for Muslims: in the global maelstrom of disinformation spurred by the coronavirus, many of the more outlandish claims that went viral in the Middle East were religious-themed.

Some analysts see this as the natural result of a society trying to come to terms with an unprecedented health pandemic.

“At times of inexplicable crisis and conflict, people revert to their cultural myths and convictions to make sense of what is going on,” American University of Beirut (AUB) media studies professor Nabil Dajani said.

“I observe that this is happening everywhere and not only in Islamic regions.”

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