Islam, Politics and Violence in Eastern Sri Lanka

  title={Islam, Politics and Violence in Eastern Sri Lanka},
  author={Bart Klem},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={730 - 753}
  • B. Klem
  • Published 1 August 2011
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
This article bridges Sri Lankan studies and the academic debate on the relation between contemporary Islam and politics. It constitutes a case study of the Muslim community in Akkaraipattu on Sri Lanka's war-ridden east coast. Over two decades of ethnically colored conflict have made Muslim identity of paramount importance, but the meanings attached to that identity vary substantively. Politicians, mosque leaders, Sufis and Tablighis define the ethnic, religious and political dimensions of… 
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