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The Muslims of Sri Lanka: an ethnic minority trapped in a political quagmire

Ali, A. (2004) The Muslims of Sri Lanka: an ethnic minority trapped in a political quagmire. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 5 (3). pp. 372-383.

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The Muslim community in Sri Lanka has a pre-Islamic origin. Ethnically they are a mixed group, but changing political fortunes throughout the course of Sri Lankan history have made them realize that their identity lies in holding fast to the religion of Islam and not to any ethnic category. The current Sinhala-Tamil ethnic war has once again reinforced the need to hold on to the religious identity even more tightly. However, recent economic and political changes in the country and changes taking place in the Muslim world have injected new concerns for the community to worry about. The community is well and truly trapped in a political quagmire. This article highlights some aspects of this predicament.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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