Not so long ago, at most of the mosques I visit, the 2023 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria would have elicited an unbending judgment, issued from a subpar minbar.

While the military operations of the War on Terror have ended, the logic that underpinned them has not. Rather, they have become both embedded and normalised, both within Western societies and globally.

Money can be easily lost or can lose its value. Wealth will drain away. Even if you manage to hold it in place, you may well find that the best part of your life has drained away as you worked to make it.

Travel, if one believes travel writers and their favourite aphorisms, is close to a moral obligation. It is, to use the words of Mark Twain, ‘fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness’.