In March 2001, mere months before the horrifying events of 9/11, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan with strict and severe oversight. Their leader, the mysterious one-eyed Mullah Omar, was famed for his inspiring piety and fastidious commitment to the tenets of Islam. But strangely, this devout and stern leader displayed ambivalence towards the curation of non-Islamic sites and artefacts, recognising their economic advantages as tourist destinations and their cultural significance for his impoverished country.