Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East Coast of Sri Lanka

Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East Coast of Sri Lanka

by Dennis B. McGilvray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822341611

ISBN-13: 9780822341611

Pub. Date: 05/07/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Examines the caste, marriage patterns, ethnicity and religious institutions in the Tamil-speaking Hindu and Muslim communities situated along the eastern coastline of Sri Lanka, exploring the sources of their ethnic and political hostilities in the modern

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Examines the caste, marriage patterns, ethnicity and religious institutions in the Tamil-speaking Hindu and Muslim communities situated along the eastern coastline of Sri Lanka, exploring the sources of their ethnic and political hostilities in the modern

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341611
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Pt. 1 Framing Fieldwork in the Batticaloa Region

Introduction 3

Ch. I The Research Setting 21

Pt. 2 Problems of History and Anthropology

Ch. 2 Past and Present 55

Ch. 3 Issues in Comparative Ethnography 97

Pt. 3 Tamil and Muslim Social Structure

Ch. 4 Views of the Tamil Caste Hierarchy 151

Ch. 5 The Tamil High Caste Alliance 167

Ch. 6 The Kudi in Action 189

Ch. 7 A Profile of the Tamil Specialist Castes 210

Ch. 8 The Moors: Matrilineal Muslims 266

Ch. 9 Muslim Elites and Specialists 292

Pt. 4 Ethnicity, Conflict, and the War in the East

Ch. 10 Ethnic Identities and Communal Violence 313

Epilogue: Fieldnotes from the War Zone 331

Appendix 1 Tamil Kinship Terms in Akkaraipattu 365

Appendix 2 Moorish Kinship Terms in Akkaraipattu 367

Notes 369

Glossary 389

Bibliography 395

Index 417

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