US Professor Banned From Saudi Campus Over Picture of Dog in Head Dress

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Saudi authorities stormed in on a lecture at the Taif university and removed a US professor from the campus after he showed students the picture you see above.

Joseph Williams said he was very much surprised at the reaction to the picture used during a presentation on the impact of climatic changes on desert animals in Saudi Arabia. He first showed a picture if a dog living in the US before switching to a picture of what he called a Saudi dog – dressed in traditional Saudi gear.

“He then showed a dog living in Saudi Arabia…the picture was for a dog wearing Shammagh (Saudi headgear)…this picture quickly triggered protests from the audience and many of them left the lecture hall,” Sharq newspaper reports.

“Most of them considered the picture as an insult to the Saudi national identity…the university management then told the professor to stop the lecture and leave the campus and the Kingdom.”

Williams apologized twice to the university and to the audience but the damage was done.

Williams said he had received the image from a Saudi professor, and that he was surprised by the reaction of the audience to the picture.

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58 thoughts on “US Professor Banned From Saudi Campus Over Picture of Dog in Head Dress”

  1. We would not be laughing if it were our faith or beliefs being mocked. Telling him to leave is a bit much but he did deserve a reprimand over treating the country in such a cavalier fashion.

    • Get real Bonita what kind respect they give to the world going around killing people and mocking people all the tima. And who told you that the dogs picture were a action of mocking, they mocking the world when they dont show anyrespet for dogs. Dogs are the man best friend if they dont agree with that they dont understand anything about life.

    • Please! He was not mocking faith or beliefs. It wasa humorus look at how climate change would impact the desert dog! No one is offened when my therapy dogs attended children’s clinics wearing Santa and Angel costumes for Christmas.
      If you are ready to take offense you will find it anywhere.

  2. I believe this…many Middle Eastern cultures believe that dogs are unclean. We have Arab girls that live in our neighborhood and scream when they see our GOLDEN RETRIEVER (?). I remind them they are now living in OUR culture and he’s cleaner than most people. 😀


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