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Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka, known to Arab seafarers as Sarandīb, the place where Adam fell from Paradise, and to European colonial powers as Ceylon, is an island nation with a dominant Sinhala-speaking Theravada Buddhist majority and several Tamil-speaking religious minorities.

1. Muslim groups in Sri Lanka

The Muslims of Sri Lanka, 9.7 percent of the total population of 20.2 million (2012 cen…

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McGilvray, Dennis B., “Sri Lanka”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_27597>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 9789004282100, 2015, 2015-1



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