Even before launching her campaign for Congress, Tlaib emerged as a critic of President Donald Trump.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mrs Tlaib's uncle, who lives in the West Bank, shows a photo of his niece in her youth Jefferson's two-volume copy of the Koran, which was translated into English by George Sale in 1734, is currently housed in the US Library of Congress.
After law school, Tlaib was working as an immigration attorney for the nonprofit group ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) when state Rep. Steve Tobocman, D-Detroit, recruited her to his staff as a policy adviser.
"I have been very open from the beginning that this is about electing the jurors to impeach this president — in many ways holding him accountable," said Tlaib, who was escorted from the audience of Trump's August 2016 Detroit Economic Club speech after disrupting it.
Incoming Representative Rashida Tlaib will make history on Thursday as the first Palestinian-American woman to be sworn in to Congress—and plans to do so on the Koran dressed in a traditional Palestinian gown.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Native American Congresswoman Deb Haaland is wearing a traditional Pueblo outfit The text, which Jefferson sold to the Library after its contents were burned by the British in 1814, has been loaned to Ms Tlaib for the day.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIlhan Omar spoke to the BBC last year about becoming the first Somali-American lawmaker in the US Ms Tlaib, a Democrat representing Detroit, told the Free Press that she chose to wear a traditional Palestinian garment, called a thobe, which was made by her mother who came to the US from the West Bank when she was 20 years old.
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Before winning a seat in Congress, Tlaib served as a Michigan state representative for three terms, from 2008 to 2014.
Image copyright EPA Image caption Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar holds her colleague Eric Swalwell's child as voting for House Speaker continues Ms Tlaib will use the Koran during the ceremonial swearing in at the House Speaker's office on Thursday.
Achieving two "firsts" With her swearing-in this week, Tlaib will clinch two historic "firsts": The first Palestinian woman elected to Congress and one of the first two Muslim women in the House or Senate.
Much of Tlaib's first year in office was spent battling Matty Moroun'scompanyover its portion of the $230 million Gateway Project, which ultimately removed thousands of trucks from city streets to an interchange with the Ambassador Bridge.
Tlaib first announced her plan to wear a traditional Palestinian robe for the swearing-in ceremony for the 116th Congress on social media last month, giving a “sneak peek” of the gown on Instagram.
Asked to clarify, Tlaib said she supports the free speech rights of those in the movement and was taken aback by a bill under consideration in Congress to "criminalize" the economic boycott.
Image copyright Adam Shapiro via Reuters Image caption Ms Tlaib poses with supporters on her first day in Washington A Michigan lawmaker is set to be sworn into office as a US congresswoman while holding a copy of a Koran once owned by former US President Thomas Jefferson.
Women share photos of traditional Palestinian dresses to celebrate Rashida Tlaibs swearing-in