Arabs, Moors and Muslims: Sri Lankan Muslim ethnicity in regional perspective

@article{Mcgilvray1998ArabsMA,
  title={Arabs, Moors and Muslims: Sri Lankan Muslim ethnicity in regional perspective},
  author={Dennis B. Mcgilvray},
  journal={Contributions to Indian Sociology},
  year={1998},
  volume={32},
  pages={433 - 483}
}
In the context of Sri Lanka's inter-ethnic conflict between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, the Tamil- speaking Muslims or Moors occupy a unique position. Unlike the historically insurrectionist Māppilas of Kerala or the assimilationist Marakkāyars of coastal Tamilnadu, the Sri Lankan Muslim urban elite has fostered an Arab Islamic identity in the 20th century which has severed them from the Dravidian separatist campaign of the Hindu and Christian Tamils. This has placed the Muslim farmers in the… Expand

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