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Ellison to Take Oath on Thomas Jefferson's Quran

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Ellison to Take Oath on Thomas Jefferson's Quran

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Ellison to Take Oath on Thomas Jefferson's Quran

Ellison to Take Oath on Thomas Jefferson's Quran

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Newly elected Rep. Keith Ellison announced last month that he planned to take the oath of office with his hand on the Quran. The decision by the Minnesota Democrat, the first Muslim elected to Congress, drew criticism.

But now Ellison says he plans to use a copy of the Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson. Michele Norris talks with Mark Dimunation, chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, who helped Ellison locate Jefferson's Quran.