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dc.titleTHE ETHNIC IDENTITY OF MALAYS IN SRI LANKA: THE CHALLENGES OF ASSIMILATION AND THEIR RESPONSES
dc.contributor.authorABOOBACKER RAMEEZ
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-30T18:01:33Z
dc.date.available2015-06-30T18:01:33Z
dc.date.issued2015-06-05
dc.identifier.citationABOOBACKER RAMEEZ (2015-06-05). THE ETHNIC IDENTITY OF MALAYS IN SRI LANKA: THE CHALLENGES OF ASSIMILATION AND THEIR RESPONSES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/120135
dc.description.abstractAS 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 ASSIMILAT
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectIdentity markers,Moorish influence,interspersed settlements,transnational Islamic movements,construction of Malay identity, challenges of assimilation
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.departmentMALAY STUDIES
dc.contributor.supervisorALATAS, SYED FARID
dc.description.degreePh.D
dc.description.degreeconferredDOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
dc.identifier.isiutNOT_IN_WOS
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