SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

Date of Incident: April 06, 2014

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):The Imam al-A'adham School-Samarra/Iraq

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On April 6, 2014, Mohammad Juma’a, a professor of Islamic Studies and the Dean of the Imam al-A’adham School in Samarra, Iraq, was killed by unidentified gunmen in the Qadisiyah neighborhood in Samarra’s city center. Professor Juma’a is a prominent activist who had recently participated in peaceful protests against the policies of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. No one has claimed responsibility for the crime and security forces have not named any suspects.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about the apparently targeted killing of a professor. In addition to the harm to the immediate victim, such incidents have a chilling effect on academic freedom and institutional autonomy. State officials have a responsibility to ensure the security of higher education communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators accountable.