Chaplain's Calling Helps Muslims

September 29, 2007

Author: Rich Barlow

Source: The Boston Globe

After three decades in the military, the ivory tower is a new deployment for Shareda Hosein, Tufts University's first female Muslim chaplain. Yet the campus culture wars, while nonlethal, can be nasty.

Interning as an adviser to the university's Muslim Student Association before her appointment as chaplain last month, Hosein was present for the ruckus after an editorial in a conservative student magazine criticized many Muslim nations as intolerant, angering Muslim students. Last month, the university upheld the finding of a student-faculty committee that the editorial constituted harassment, but overturned on free-speech grounds the committee's order that the magazine provide a byline on every editorial and article in the future.