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March 18, 2006

At Brown a Muslim Chaplain Breaks New Ground

By M.L. Johnson (AP) PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Heads pop through the doorway of Rumee Ahmed's office at Brown University on a regular basis. Students come looking for a friend, a mentor and a teacher. "I've been harassing him since the day he came," says junior Refai Arefin, who stops by daily for 15 to 20 minutes of study to improve his understanding of the Quran. Ahmed is Brown's first Muslim chaplain and joined four other associate chaplains at the school when he started in January. Many universities have Muslim chaplains, but Ahmed is among just a handful that is paid, said Janet Cooper Nelson, chaplain at Brown. (read more)

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