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Religious Unrest Continues in Sri Lanka

An attack was launched by a Buddhist mob against a Mosque in Colombo on Saturday August 10th 2013, just one day after Muslims celebrated “Eid Ul Fitr”. At least 12 people were injured in scuffles that broke out during the siege. The reason for the attack was based on the claim that the new three-storey structure on […]

Social Science Research Methods Research Report Symposium

The Secretariat for Muslims’ (SFM) held a Symposium showcasing the findings of 15 researchers trained under their ‘Social Science Research Method Course’ (SSRMC) in October 2012. The course is one of the seven training programmes under the purview of the American University in Washington D.C and the SFM, designed to train young, qualified researchers to develop research papers on Sri Lankan Muslim issues that are based on valid and reliable data and analysis.


Members of the academic, NGO and social service sectors who were in attendance, approved of the standard of the papers and offered critique and guidance on the researchers’ findings.


Trained by professors and lecturers from the University of Colombo and the Sri Lanka School of Social Work for nine months, the researchers were able to select their research topics based on four themes – education, tsunami recovery, urban poverty, and gender.


While the minimum academic qualification required of the researchers is a Bachelor’s Degree some of the researchers are reading for Masters, MPhil and Phd programmes. Among the participants ten are men and five are women. They hail from the districts of Ampara, Batticaloa, Colombo, Hambantota, Mannar, Puttalam, Ratnapura, and Trincomalee Districts.

Impact of Dowry