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How Muslims helped Ireland during the great famine, by Mehedi Islam


160 years ago, during the Great Famine in Ireland, the Ottoman Empire sent £1,000 sterling (about $1,052,000 today) and 3 shiploads of food to Drogheda, Ireland. Ireland was ridden with famine and disease between 1845 and 1849. Also known as the Great Hunger, this famine had lasting effects: at least one million people died due to famine-related diseases and more ...

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Weights and measures in ancient and medieval Sri Lanka


Information on the weights and measures used in ancient and medieval Sri Lanka are found in Abhidhanappadipika, Navanamavaliya and the stone inscriptions. Nagalavava village in Sigiriya-Dambulla region, surveyed in the 1990s, was using measures that could be traced back to earlier times. Its system of measuring grain and medicine was common to other purana settlements and also certain urban areas. ...

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Nostalgic memoirs of a great personality

Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar (born 1829, died 1925)

  The Colombo National Museum and the Moorish Muslims of Sri Lanka Mohammed Jehan Khan. The construction of the Museum was carried out by Arasi Marikar Wapchie Marikar (born 1829, died 1925, aka Wapchi Marikar Bass, who was descended from the Sheikh Fareed family of Iraq who arrived in Ceylon in 1060 AD). Wapchie Marikkarwas a Renowned Architect and a ...

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Race in Sri Lanka: What genetic evidence tells us By Asiff Hussein


Muslims least exclusive community in Sri Lanka   Race is a touchy issue almost everywhere in the world but nowhere is this more pronounced than in countries where there is a plurality of peoples. People become more race conscious when another group of people differing in physical features, language, culture and religion live in their midst. The greater the difference, ...

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kandy clock tower1

The story behind this clock tower is a tragic one. The Ismail clock tower which was built in 1947 by the Ismail Family ( Haji Mohomed Ismail) in memory of his beloved son Mohomed Zacky Ismail who lost his life in Kadugannawa on the 14th Aug 1947.   The clock tower is a historic monument and marks the center of ...

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Some issues concerning Tamil language rights by Dr. Devanesan Nesiah


  Like nearly every other multi ethnic country, we have had a history of ethnic conflict. But, compared to several other countries, our conflict was mild and not posing a serious threat to national unity till the mid 20th century. The so called 50-50 issue raised by the Tamil Congress before the Soulbury Commission in the mid 40s was a ...

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YMMA Hulftsdorp celebrates 65th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in a charming manner

YMMA-65 independence day celebration

YMMA Hulftsdorp celebrated 65th Independence Day of Sri Lanka yesterday Monday 4th February 2013 at Belmont Street, Hultsdorp in the presence of the large gathering of the people of the area. Mohiyideen Jumma Masjid ( Puthukade Mosque) and Jamium Ashraff Masjid also joined the YMMA in celebrating this event.    YMMA Hulftsdorp celebrates 65th Independence Day Moulavi Wahabdeen Hazrath hoisted ...

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Golden memories, silver tears and colonial villas By Faiza Thassim

galle fort

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Sri Lanka’s coastline, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town of Galle lies the quaint old peninsula that is the Galle Fort. Originally built by the Portuguese and then modified by the Dutch in the 17th century, this little enclave shot to fame after it was declared a World Heritage ...

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Maradana- Some Observations by Kishanie S. Fernando.


Maradana’s infamous fame It is said that Maradana got its name from Maran-stan which is Tamil for “place of trees” which with time turned into Maran-dhan or Maradana. During the Dutch period the first cinnamon cultivation was in Maradana. It is recorded that in 1789 the Disave of Colombo, Cornelis de Cock, was responsible for laying out the first cinnamon ...

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Muslims And Sinhalese: Longtime Economic Allies By Abdul H Azeez

The Moors of Sri Lanka hark back to early Arab traders, everyone knows that. But the story is actually much more complex and interesting. Like any historical narrative, tradition or well known fact, the idea that Sri Lankan Moors are somehow descendants from Arab traders becomes multi-faceted when you start zooming in on it with a keen historian’s eye*. Arabs ...

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