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Identity, political perspectives and communal relations of Muslim minority of Sri Lanka: an analytical survey on contemporary discourse

Mohamed Fouz, Mohamed Zacky and Md., Moniruzzaman (2021) Identity, political perspectives and communal relations of Muslim minority of Sri Lanka: an analytical survey on contemporary discourse. KALAM International Research Journal, 14 (1). pp. 57-66. ISSN 1391-6815

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This paper reviews key findings of existing scholarship about the question of identity, political thinking, and intern community relationships of the Muslim minority in Sri Lanka. By doing so, this review aims to explore the broader dynamics of the socio-political and religious life of the community. As such, the findings show that the increasing religious consciousness and puritanism of contemporary Muslim societies emerged as a response to the general concern of preserving identity that existed among all communities in the colonial and post-colonial political contexts. Furthermore, those identity concerns had shaped the Muslim community’s political strategy and demand to a greater extent. The irony is that their identity concerns helped to fracture the community from within more than to confront other communities in the long run. In addition to that, the findings of contemporary works further highlight that the increasing religious visibility of the Muslim community has helped to trigger anti-Muslim sentiments in the country. Yet, the exclusive ethnic-nationalisms and global Islamophobic tendencies have also played a vital role in making the phenomenon. Finally. this survey finds that current scholarship on the Sri Lankan Muslims minority still did not make any notable scholarly intervention in understanding civil society activism of Sri Lankan Muslims. Moreover, it finds a lack of available comparative studies between Muslims and other communities in terms of identity-making, political strategy, and inter-community relationships.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coexistence, Ethnic Nationalism, Muslim Minority, Political Strategy.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr. Moniruzzaman Md.
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 10:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 10:21
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/90495

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