Potential Hire Says 'No;' Cites Bigotry

February 8, 2008

Author: Mark Page

Source: Montana Kaimin


Maha Nassar was offered a job as the new Middle Eastern history professor but, to the disappointment of history department chairman Richard Drake, she turned the job down in mid-January, citing prejudice against her Muslim faith in the Missoula community as her reason.

“There are always multiple factors at play when making such a major decision,” Nassar wrote in an e-mail to the Kaimin. “But the strong anti-Muslim sentiment expressed by some members of the Missoula community made the thought of living alone as a Muslim in Missoula untenable.