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Racing against the Odds: Dynamics of Identity Formation of Sri Lankan Malays was launched recently at the J R Jayawardene Centre, Colombo. A socio-anthropological study of the Sri Lankan Malay community and their identity, is a work of Dr. A. Rameez, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. The book is based on his doctoral thesis which was accepted by the National University of Singapore.
The book explores the identity formation of Malays and how they perceive themselves as a community. Based on extensive research and interviews, as well as expanding beyond the usual urban Malay connections, the book addresses common issues faced by minority ethnicities with relation to the ‘minority within the minority’ – the Malays in Sri Lanka.
The book launch was graced by the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Sri Lanka Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah along with Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply as a Special Guest. The book was reviewed by Dr. Romola Rassool, Senior Lecturer at the English Language Teaching Unit, University of Kelaniya.
The event was organized by COSLAM, Conference of Sri Lankan Malays and attended by guests from the community. The book can be purchased at the Jamat Islami Book Center, Dematagoda and is priced at Rs. 450/-.