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Identity Crisis Of Sri Lankan Muslims

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About the Book

Muslims are one of the important constituents of the plural society of Sri Lanka, inhabiting the island with the majority Sinhalese and the minority ethnic-Tamils for centuries, while maintaining a religious identity of their own. However, when the Tamil tribe to prove the Muslims, whose mother-tongue is also Tamil, were Tamil-converts to Islam, the Muslims feared being merged in the Tamil-stream. Consequently, and for political reasons, they broke away from the Tamils and as Independence approached, threw their lot without the Sinhalese. Such a decision did not, however, make things easy for the Muslims. They could neither erase the Tamil culture ingrained in them over the centuries nor could adopt Sinhala as the mother-tongue. To set themselves apart, the Muslims chose to build up a distinct identity for themselves, based on their claim of Arab-descent. This work deals with the dynamics of Muslim ethos in the multi-racial society of Sri Lanka and is the first of its kind on the subject.

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