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Between Violence and Piety: The Case of Sufi Shrines in Sri Lanka

Thursday, February 17, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The religious topography of Sri Lanka remains delicate in its post-war context, especially for ethno-linguistic and religious minority communities, such as Muslims. Amidst this precarity Sufis, Muslims with esoteric orientation towards Islam, resist their social and political marginalization through sacred spaces, such as Sufi shrines. However, these spaces oscillate between contestation and accommodation in the present climate of islamophobia and Buddhist hegemony. 


Dr. Shobhana Xavier is Assistant Professor of Religion and Diaspora in Queen's University's School of Religion. She is an ethnographer who thinks and writes on contemporary Sufism in Canada, United States, and Sri Lanka, particularly as they intersect with issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and politics.  

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