School of Religion

In light of the recent horrific events in Sri Lanka, Professor Shobhana Xavier has been responding to media's questions about the religious landscape in Sri Lanka.

You can find some of her interviews below:

History of anti-Muslim sentiment in Sri Lanka could have influenced authorities: expert

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombings in Colombo on Easter Sunday, but intelligence agencies are taking that advice with caution. Islam expert Shobhana Xavier says there have been rumours of Islamic radicalisation in Sri Lanka since before the war, but little evidence.

Sri Lanka's Christians Faced New Persecution - The Atlantic

Sri Lankan Navy soldiers stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine a day after the series of blasts, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Monday. Eranga Jayawardena / AP

The Sri Lanka Attacks: What's Different? - The Atlantic

Sri Lanka has a bloody history marked by a brutal, nearly 30-year civil war. In recent years, it’s been mostly spared from violence, until Easter Sunday, when large-scale, apparently coordinated ...

Sri Lankan church bombed on Easter Sunday

Melanie talks to Shobhana Xavier from the Queen's University School of Religion about the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday Sunday.