There is no Facebook fatwa

There probably should be — or at least a fatwa against people who use Facebook as an alternative to email, thus adding another thing to check — but the report going around about al-Azhar issuing a fatwa against Facebook does not appear to be true. Marc Lynch has done the public service of debunking the story, so take heed.

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,