It is popularly assumed that backwoods Americans tapping away on computers in log cabins in Nebraska lead the world in conspiracy theories, but it isn’t true. At least Midwesterners who believe that we are being controlled by Martians or that God heaves around tectonic plates in anger tend to be confined to internet chatrooms.

In the Islamic world, on the other hand, bizarre conspiracy theories and a belief in divine retribution are part of respectable thought.

Tsunami was all Allah’s doing