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Pragmatic Muslim Politics

The Case of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress

  • Is the first book to cover the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress

  • Deals with a pragmatic non-Islamist party’s use of religious terms and symbols

  • Provides insight into how a religious political Muslim party functions

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    • Andreas Johansson
    Pages 1-34
  3. Official Documents

    • Andreas Johansson
    Pages 35-59
  4. Narratives of the Party

    • Andreas Johansson
    Pages 61-83
  5. Ashraff in Parliament 1989–1992

    • Andreas Johansson
    Pages 85-119
  6. Hakeem in Parliament 2006–2011

    • Andreas Johansson
    Pages 121-136
  7. Concluding Remarks – Pragmatic Muslim Politics

    • Andreas Johansson
    Pages 137-144
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 145-153

About this book

This book analyses and discusses the use of Islamic terms and symbols in the political party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC). It is based on interviews with the leading members of the party and on analyses of the party’s official documents. It describes the history of Muslims in Sri Lanka, presents the analytical framework used, and discusses the official documents and narratives of party members, as well as the details of the Ashraff and Hakeem terms in Parliament. The book provides knowledge about the state of religion and politics in Sri Lanka, and provides insight into how a religious political Muslim party functions as a pragmatic rather than fundamentalist movement. Representing a recent study on the complex relationship between religion and politics, this book greatly advances our understanding of the power of religion and its effect on both individual lives and society.

Keywords

  • Islamic Terminology and Symbols
  • Islam in Sri Lanka
  • Muslim ethnicity
  • Muslim Politics
  • Nationalism and religion
  • Objectification of the Muslim Consciousness
  • Pragmatic Politics
  • Sacred Authority
  • Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
  • State and religion

Authors and Affiliations

  • Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), Lund University, Lund, Sweden

    Andreas Johansson

About the author

Andreas Johansson is the current Director of Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), Lund University. He holds a PhD in history of religion. In his research he examines how different organizations use religious terms and symbols. He studies a wide range of sources and has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka and Japan. Andreas has published his research results in peer review articles and in specialist journals and news outlets, such as openDemocracy and The Conversation. He is one of the editors of the Nordic journal of South Asian studies. He is also the author of the book Yakuza tattoo (Dokument Press, April 2017)

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Pragmatic Muslim Politics

  • Book Subtitle: The Case of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress

  • Authors: Andreas Johansson

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12789-3

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-12788-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-12789-3

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 153

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sociology of Religion, Cultural Studies, Islam

Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-12789-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)