A little historical trivia I wanted to share.
In order to drive a wedge between the population of the colonies of Great Britain and France and their rulers Mussolini sought to appease the Islamic world as early as 1937.
During that year, in a lavish ceremony held in Tripoli, the Duce was bestowed the title of Protector of Islam by a local Ulema since, despite being a devout Catholic, Mussolini viewed himself as an heir of the previous Lybian caliph.
At the end of the celebrations a magnificent sword was gifted to him, after that the following picture was taken, the saddle of the horse was held by the halter by a groom but this image was not deemed martial enough hence the “photoshop”.
The Sword of Islam was then sadly lost during WWII.
Local Ulema Yusef Kerbisc carrying the sword