Gadaffi the Islamic scholar
LIBYAN leader Muammar Gadaffi gave a lesson on Islam and copies of the Koran to several hundred Italian women yesterday as he arrived in Rome for his fourth visit in a year.
It was the second time the Libyan leader -- who travels with female bodyguards and fancies himself a self-styled feminist -- had staged such an event for Italian women, who were recruited by a modeling agency and paid an undisclosed sum to attend.
One of the women in attendance said. "He is very easygoing and he gave us each a copy of the Koran. Three girls converted themselves to Islam during the ceremony. It was a beautiful event."
Other participants, who identified themselves as Roman Catholics in this overwhelmingly Catholic country, said Colonel Gadaffi had urged others to convert and had dismissed Christianity as unimportant.