HomeWorldUS Professor fired for...

US Professor fired for showing painting of Prophet Muhammad, varsity bends to Islamic will

A female Professor was reportedly fired for showing the picture of Prophet Muhammad to her students during a global art history class at Hamline University in Minnesota in the United States.

As per reports, the incident took place on October 6, 2022, during which the unnamed Professor was teaching Islamic art to her students. She had warned them in advance about her plan to show two historic paintings of the last Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

One painting dated back to the 14th century (created by Persian scholar Rashīd al-Dīn) while another painting was made in the 16th century (by Mustafa ibn Vali).

Soon after, several Muslim students took offence to the display of the historic paintings and claimed that the professor’s actions constituted Islamophobia.

The President of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Aram Wedatalla, was allegedly present in the class when the paintings were displayed to the students. He claimed, “I’m like, ‘this can’t be real.’”

She continued, “As a Muslim, and a Black person, I don’t feel like I belong, and I don’t think I’ll ever belong in a community where they don’t value me as a member, and they don’t show the same respect that I show them.”

On October 7, 2022, she emailed the administration of Hamline University and also the leadership team of the Muslim Student Association. Aram Wedatalla also met with the varsity President Fayneese Miller and Dean of Students Patti Kersten.

Meanwhile, the female liberal arts professor apologised to Aram Wedatalla and other Muslim students in an email. “I would like to apologize that the image I showed in class on (Oct. 6) made you uncomfortable and caused you emotional agitation,” she wrote.

“It is never my intention to upset or disrespect students in my classroom. I (let) the class know ahead of time…I did not try to surprise students with this image, and I did my best to provide students with an out,” she further added.

The Professor continued, “I also described every subsequent slide I showed with language to indicate when I was no longer showing an image of the Prophet Muhammad…I am sorry that despite my attempt to prevent a negative reaction, you still viewed and were troubled by this image.”

On October 10, 2022, the members of the Muslim Student Associaiton and the Assistant Director of Social Justice Programs and Strategic Relations Nur Mood met with the administration of Hamline University.

On November 7 last year, an email was sent to undergraduate students at the liberal arts varsity by the Associate Vice President of Inclusive Excellence at Hamlline named Dr David Everett.

Without specifying any details about the case, the letter said that the administration condemned a ‘disrespectful, Islamophobic and undeniably inconsiderate’ incident that took place in one of its classrooms.

In an interview on December 2 last year, Assistant Director of Social Justice Programs and Strategic Relations Nur Mood said, “This (incident is) much deeper and it’s something that in a million years, I never expected that it would happen here at Hamline. I hope this is the last time I see something similar to this.”

He further alleged, “There’s a lot of apologies all happening, but the harm’s done. I think we should have started more focused about the healing process.”

The President of Hamline University, Fayneese Miller, has come under fire for justifying the disciplinary action against the professor of the liberal arts.

She said, “It is not our intent to place blame; rather, it is our intent to note that in the classroom incident—where an image forbidden for Muslims to look upon was projected on a screen and left for many minutes—respect for the observant Muslim students in that classroom should have superseded academic freedom.” 

“Academic freedom is very important, but it does not have to come at the expense of care and decency toward others. Our response to the classroom event does not disregard or minimize the importance of academic freedom,” she claimed. Meanwhile, the female Professor lamented how her intentions were mischaracterised.

“My perspective and actions have been lamentably mischaracterized, my opportunities for due process have been thwarted, and Dr. Everett’s all-employee email accusation that ‘undeniably… Islamophobic’ actions undertaken in my class on Oc. 6 have been misapplied,” she told Hamline Oracle.

Most Popular


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More from Author

Study Narrows Down Long COVID Symptoms To Just 7

Long COVID, the medical mystery that continues to boggle the minds...

Depressed Young Adults Likely To Develop Heart Disease And Vice-Versa

Young adults or people in the 18-25 age group are at...

More Women Are Dying From ‘Preventable’ Cervical Cancer: Study

More older women have succumbed to cervical cancer in recent years,...

Read Now

Study Narrows Down Long COVID Symptoms To Just 7

Long COVID, the medical mystery that continues to boggle the minds of scientists and medical researchers, comes with an extensive list of symptoms. But a new study narrowed down the 47 reported symptoms to just seven. Published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Disease, the study by the...

Depressed Young Adults Likely To Develop Heart Disease And Vice-Versa

Young adults or people in the 18-25 age group are at risk of suffering two serious health issues: depression and heart disease. A new study found a “two-way street” relationship between depression and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in younger adults. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine...

Obesity Found To Cause Alzheimer’s-Like Condition; Weight Loss Reduces Risk

Obese people are at risk of suffering a condition similar to Alzheimer’s disease. But this can be countered by healthy weight loss. A McGill University study published Tuesday in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease presented a correlation between obesity-associated neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s. Using data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging...

More Women Are Dying From ‘Preventable’ Cervical Cancer: Study

More older women have succumbed to cervical cancer in recent years, even though the condition is  preventable. A new study from the University of California, Davis found a spike in older women suffering from late-stage cancer. And since they develop the disease at an older age, their chances...

Befitting response given to every ‘misadventure’ from LoC to LAC: President Murmu

NEW DELHI: President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday said the government has been laying constant emphasis on modernising the military as it firmly believes...

NIA files chargesheet against IS operative for conspiring to recruit youth for terror activities in India

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against an accused in a case related to a conspiracy hatched...

First-Of-Its-Kind $1 Glove Can Detect Fetal Positions To Aid Precarious Births

An ingenious innovation of a smart glove that costs less than $1 has been created with the aim to aid clinicians during birth. The study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Global Women’s Health, engineered the device to help healthcare staff in finding the fetal position and the...

Study Finds Threatened Sharks Being Served In Fish Fillets

The ultimate British dish--fish and chips--have takers all over the world. However, the fish served in the dish might actually be an endangered shark species.A recent study, published in the journal Food Control, found shocking samples of endangered shark species in several fish filets served at more...

Coffee With Milk Has Strong Anti-Inflammatory Effect: Study

An ardent proponent of the benefits of black coffee? You might have to change allegiance, as a new study has found coffee with milk has synergistic properties that increase its anti-inflammatory effect.The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that the antioxidants from coffee combined...

All-Party Meet ahead of Budget Session held

STATE TIMES NEWS New Delhi: The government on...

This Is How Many Adult Americans Are Addicted To Junk Food

More older adults in the United States have become addicted to processed food, according to a recent University of Michigan poll. The school’s National Poll on Health Aging presented alarming findings in its January-February 2023 issue, saying that based on the latest data, 1 in 8 adults over...

Bengaluru colleges ban use of ChatGPT, the AI agent that writes assignments

At a time when the use of AI tools has grown exponentially, plagiarism is becoming an increasingly pressing issue for universities. RV University in Bengaluru has recently taken steps to curb the use of such tools, particularly ChatGPT, by banning it altogether. The move is supported by...