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Keith Ellison to use Thomas Jefferson's Koran for swearing in ceremony

Keith Ellison to use Thomas Jefferson's Koran for swearing in ceremony

class=img_thumbleft>According to an

article

in today's Washington Post, Representative-elect

Keith Ellison

, the first Muslim elected to Congress, will be holding a personal copy of the Koran once owned by

Thomas Jefferson

while taking a ceremonial oath with new House Speaker

Nancy Pelosi

. The article describes the Koran as "an English translation by

George Sale

published in the 1750s," having "survived the 1851 fire that destroyed most of Jefferson's collection and has his customary initialing on the pages." Mark Dimunation, chief of the rare book and special collections division at the Library of Congress, and a native of Minnesota's 5th District, stated Ellison contacted him in early December requesting a Koran that was "special." Read the entire article

here

.


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