International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

History, Distribution and Affiliation of Mosque in Muslim Minority of Sri Lanka
A. G. Zulkiple; Jazeel, M.I.M

This article aims to discuss a brief historical setting of mosques in Sri Lanka and then to provide a detailed portrait of basic characteristics of these mosques. The historical overview of the mosque covers from early times to the present day. Therefore, in order to collect evidence and proper documents, the textual records and oral traditions are examined. The quantitative data to identify the basic characteristics of the mosques in Sri Lanka and qualitative approaches to interpret the findings are handled as methods. Beside the history, attempts are made to explain the distribution of the mosques and its affiliations. It is interesting to find that mosque in Sri Lanka has played an important role in the life of Muslim as a minority community. Mosques are found in a major cities, small town and villages where Muslims are living as community. Every mosque is affiliated with a madhhab (sect) or Islamic movement and seems to accomplish religious, social and cultural objectives.

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