Muslim Minority in Post-war Sri Lanka: A Case Study of Aluthgama and Digana Violences

Authors

  • Mohamed Anifa Mohamed Fowsar Department of Political Science Faculty of Arts and Culture, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
  • Mohamed Abdulla Mohamed Rameez Department of Languages Faculty of Arts and Culture, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
  • Aboobacker Rameez Department of Sociology Faculty of Arts and Culture, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2020-0111

Abstract

Sri Lanka saw an unprecedented degree of anti-Muslim sentiment followed by violence perpetrated by certain extremist elements in recent years. This article primarily examines the implications of anti-Muslim violence that occurred from Aluthgama to Digana and the causes behind the violence. The article shows that anti-Muslim sentiment is manifested in several dimensions: campaigns against Halal, Muslim attire, cattle slaughter, and attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses. This manifestation has resulted in violence against Muslims, causing massive damages to their properties. The study argues that fear of growing Muslim population, economic competition with Muslims, Mahavamsa mentality, and exceptionalism to Buddhist clergies, fear of Islam, and formation of ethnic-based political parties are the causes of anti-Muslim sentiment which later culminated in the form of violence. Therefore, the government needs to enforce law and order equally on all citizens and ensure a policy of multiculturalism and tolerance is strictly maintained.

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Published

2020-11-19

How to Cite

Fowsar, M. A. M. ., Rameez, M. A. M. ., & Rameez, A. . (2020). Muslim Minority in Post-war Sri Lanka: A Case Study of Aluthgama and Digana Violences. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 9(6), 56. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2020-0111

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Research Articles