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Asian and Islamic crossings: Malay writing in nineteenth-century Sri Lanka

Ricci, Ronit


This essay explores how a small diasporic Muslim community in the colonial era-known today as the Sri Lankan Malays-maintained its culture through the preservation of language, the transmission of literary and religious texts, the cultivation of genres and of a script. Beginning in the late seventeenth century and throughout the eighteenth, the Dutch United East India Company (VOC) used the island of Ceylon as a site of banishment for those considered rebels in the regions under Company control...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: South Asian History and Culture
DOI: 10.1080/19472498.2014.883765


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