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Title: THE ETHNIC IDENTITY OF MALAYS IN SRI LANKA: THE CHALLENGES OF ASSIMILATION AND THEIR RESPONSES
Authors: ABOOBACKER RAMEEZ
Keywords: Identity markers,Moorish influence,interspersed settlements,transnational Islamic movements,construction of Malay identity, challenges of assimilation
Issue Date: 5-Jun- 15
Source: ABOOBACKER RAMEEZ (0015-06-05). THE ETHNIC IDENTITY OF MALAYS IN SRI LANKA: THE CHALLENGES OF ASSIMILATION AND THEIR RESPONSES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As an ethnic minority, Malays in Sri Lanka present a fascinating case of ethnic identity formation. While there has been a considerable amount of historical and linguistic research done on Sri Lankan Malay, there is relatively little sociological and anthropological research on them. This study was carried out mainly through a qualitative method. The study shows that Malay identity in Sri Lanka is both primordial as well as constructed: it is primordial based on boundary markers such as physical characteristics, Malay language, ancestry, religion and their self-identification. However, my contention is that primordialism alone is not sufficient to explain Malay identity; currently, there is also the process of Malay identity construction taking place as the community responds to the challenges caused by assimilation. Although this is viewed by Malays as primordialism, I argue that there is construction of Malay identity taking place as the community responds to the challenges assimilation.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/120135
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