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Professor required students praise is for Allah, remove shoes before entering office

Retired Muslim biology professor at UConn, Felix Coe, required students to remove their shoes and to say an Arabic phrase for entering his office.

(Jihad Watch)

A controversial Islamic professor at the University of Connecticut retired last year after students complained that he required them to say that an Arabic saying and remove their shoes before entering his office.

Retired biology professor Felix Coe, taped two signs outside of his office where students are to say: “Bismillah”, an Arabic phrase meaning “in the name of Allah” to enter his office, CampusReform.org reported. The visitors were also required to remove their shoes.

“I am a Muslim. You will not come in my office with dirty shoes. That is a curse,” Coe told a student, after telling her “get the hell out” and “I don’t want to see you for wearing shoes in his office in an undated audio clip recently released by Jihad Watch.

Retired Muslim biology professor at UConn, Felix Coe, required students to remove their shoes and to say an Arabic phrase for entering his office.

(Jihad Watch)

When you are prompted by two persons why, he required students to say “Bismallah” and take their shoes off at a public university, ” he said, “Because I am a Muslim.” He also complained he does not have a separate place for prayer in a video last December.

UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz told Fox News that the Coe retired since the video was taken and the signs were quickly taken down from the satellite campus location in Hartford, Conn.

“About this case, the sign, which was directed by guests prior to their conversations with a specific Arabic phrase was immediately removed from the university direction,” Reitz said in a statement. “UConn immediately the problem is resolved in a manner that takes into account the rights of all stakeholders, and upholds the university’s values of tolerance and integration.”

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Reitz added that the other rooms are equipped with, apart from the office of the professor in the room, in all of their locations for teachers to meet with students and other guests.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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