A university in Saudi Arabia has suspended a foreign teacher after he played the violin in front of a class of young women.Good grief. Was he doing it nude? (No.) Is it meant to be seductive? (Ha.) Does a bow carry some sort of phallic symbolism? Who knows?
Dr Eisa Al Ansari, the rector of Prince Mohammed University (PMU), one of the largest private universities in Saudi Arabia, said that an investigation had been launched into the incident.
The rector said that the teacher was new at the university and that he was recruited two months ago.
The incident was a personal behaviour by the teacher and violated the formal policy of the university aligned with the systems and regulations of the Ministry of Education that are endorsed and applied by all universities in Saudi Arabia, he added, Saudi news site Sabq reported on Thursday.
In other news from that country where the heat seems to addle minds:
A huge family dispute erupted in Saudi Arabia after a man’s wife kissed a camel.Mind you, this story is not sourced, and sounds the equivalent of tabloid gossip, but still...
The man’s mother accused her daughter-in-law of breaking religious and social traditions and pressured her son to divorce his wife.
The wife insisted that the kiss was innocent and spontaneous.
She also accused her mother-in-law of using the kiss as an excuse to attack her because she had not yet given birth to a baby.