History of Muslims in Moneragala (Wellassa) District, Sri Lanka

Razick Ahamed Sarjoon, Ahmad Sunawari Long, Kamarudin Salleh

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Moneragala is one of the 25 electoral districts of Sri Lanka, called Wellassa by its ancient residents. It is located in the Uva Province of southeastern Sri Lanka and has an area of 56392 km. The Sinhalese are the dominant group comprising 94.5% of the total population, Tamils 3.3% and the Muslims 2.16%. Muslims settled there over 400 years ago. Until recently historians have ignored the history of Muslims in Moneragala. This study takes bridges that gap by way of an academic field survey. Folktales and traditions of the natives, as well as administrative records and census reports during British rule, ancient tombs and artefacts have all been used in this research. Based on the findings of this study, Muslims settled in Moneragala or Wellassa from the time of Portuguese rule (1505-1656) onward from Kandy and the southem province of Sri Lanka, increasing their settlements gradually during the Dutch (1656-1796) and British (1796-1948) regimes.

LanguageEnglish
Pages65-78
Number of pages14
JournalIslamic Quarterly
Volume60
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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History of Muslims in Moneragala (Wellassa) District, Sri Lanka. / Sarjoon, Razick Ahamed; Long, Ahmad Sunawari; Salleh, Kamarudin.

In: Islamic Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 65-78.

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