Ceylon Moors

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Moors, Ceylon

 

an ethnic group on Ceylon (Sri Lanka), descendants of the Arabs who settled on Ceylon between the seventh and 12th centuries and intermarried with Tamil and Sinhalese women. The Ceylon Moors, numbering more than 600,000 (1970, estimate), live mainly in the coastal cities. They speak Sinhalese or Tamil, although Arabic is also widely used in everyday life, and are Sunni Muslim. Their traditional occupations are trade and crafts; some own large tracts of land, which they lease.

REFERENCE

Kochnev, V. I. Naselenie Tseilona. Moscow, 1965.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The Ceylon Moors are the next largest communities in Sri Lanka , majority of them are Muslims.
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