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Sri Lankan Muslim Women’s Struggle For Freedom, Justice & Equality: Some Fundamental Issues

By Ameer Ali – The current focus on reforming the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, which is long overdue, is only one of several gender discriminatory issues with which Muslim women not only in Sri Lanka but also in other parts of the world are grappling with. In this struggle, which women are destined to […]

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Fundamentalism Creeps Into Muslim International Schools

Ilma International, a leading Muslim private girls school in Colombo Sri Lanka, has been preaching a fundamentalist Islamic ideology to its children, the Colombo Telegraph learns. The school, housed at the heart of Colombo has for decades provided Islamic education to Muslim girls. However, deviating from traditional Sri Lankan and South East Asian Muslims, the […]

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Civil Society Urges Govt. To Withdraw Bills Criminalizing Hate Speech

93 Civil Society activists and 10 organisations have today urged the government to fulfil its obligations to its citizens and its international obligations by withdrawing the bills (amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure and amendment to the Penal Code ) forthwith and commit anew to fostering a political culture conducive to the exercise of citizens’ free speech […]

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The Caliphate: What Does It Mean To Muslims Of Today?

By Ameer Ali – Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or IS in short named its captured territory and polity as the Caliphate there had been a chorus of admonition, condemnation and denigration of the institution of the caliphate from political leaders, journalists, Islamic organizations and even academics. They all seem to […]

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How Should Sri Lanka Marginalise Ethnic Parties?

By Ameer Ali – It has become almost an unwritten convention in Sri Lankan party politics since the introduction of the Jayawardena constitution that the national parties like the SLFP and UNP enter into pre-election pact with minor ethnic parties in order to enhance their chances of forming governments. Such marriage of convenience inherently weakens […]

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Protect Sri Lankan Muslim Journalist Sharmila Seyyid Who Supports Sex Workers’ Rights: Muslim Civil Society

Muslim Civil Society activists have urged the Sri Lankan authorities to bring to book those who have been harassing and intimidating journalist and social worker Sharmila Seyyid for her opinion on rights of the sex workers. Giving an interview to the BBC Tamil radio she said that sex workers may be better protected if prostitution was legalized. […]

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Homosexuality, Happy Marriages & Mangala Saga

By Rajiva Wijesingha – Have only just seen Mangala Samaraweera’s bizarre assertion of innocence (his name in the old days) regarding his recent visit to New York with a gentleman from his personal bureau. It must have been someone with a particularly whimsical sense of humour who declared of young Sameera, as though it would […]

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Marakkala Kolahālaya: Mentalities Directing The Pogrom Of 1915

By Michael Roberts – This article is a reprint of chapter 8 in Roberts, Exploring Confrontation, Reading: Harwood, 1994 Introduction: Categorical Clarifications1 In the course of 9-10 days in May-June 1915 segments of the Sinhala population drawn from a wide occupational spectrum systematically attacked the property and at times the person of Mohammedan Moors residing in the south […]

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Meethotamulla Disaster & The Unraised Question

By Ameer Ali – The collapse of the garbage mountain at Meethotamulla has killed around 40 people so far. This is indeed a terrific tragedy and it is not the first time that innocent people have lost their life because of inverse prioritization of management objectives and tasks by state agencies and their private service […]

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Government’s Land Grab: The Bigger Picture

By Ameer Ali – President Sirisena’s gazette notification to declare lands occupied by the IDP Muslims in the Mannar District on the pretext of widening the perimeter of the Wilpattu National Park and protecting the environment should be viewed not simplistically as an anti-Muslim measure but more than that it should be considered in the […]

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