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American is said to insult Muhammad

September 13, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An American teacher has been charged in Bahrain with insulting the prophet Muhammad for displaying images of Islam's founder to university students, a spokesman for the tiny Persian Gulf nation's general prosecutor said.

The spokesman, Nawaf Maawdah, said the pictures showed the prophet in ragged clothing. He said the teacher also insulted a student for wearing a head scarf, which she described as "a barrier to knowledge." He declined to reveal the name of the teacher or the university.

A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said she could not release any information about the case or confirm that an American was involved.

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