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September 5, 2006 3:00 AM

For some Chinese Muslims, knowledge of Arabic translates into opportunity

Arab oil wealth has begun to splash an unusual job opportunity on an ethnic minority in a depressed and remote area of China. Members of the Muslim Hui minority are finding that their grounding in Arabic, used to study the Quran, allows them to work as well-paid translators for the Arabic-speaking traders flooding into China.

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