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The veil, ‘radicalisation’ and Lankan Muslims

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The so-called ‘radicalisation’ of the Sri Lankan Muslim community has been the subject of a number of opinion pieces that have appeared in both print and social media platforms in recent times. They come at a time when ‘Islamophobia’ – an unfounded fear of Islam – has reached unparalleled heights, and at a juncture when the concept of ‘radicalisation’ has become a source of confusion.

There is no consensus on what the term ‘radicalisation’ means. Who defines Muslim radicalisation and who sets the standard? Is it X who prays five times a day? (X didn’t pray in the past and now wants to pray regularly which probably means X is getting radicalised….

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