Sufism in Sri Lanka
Sufism in Sri Lanka is under attack. The first antagonists of the Sufis are the so-called reformists. The reformists, who can be described as conservative Muslims, are both verbally and physically attacking Sufis. Their attacks have led to deaths of Sufi members and the destruction of Sufi Mosques. The Sufi community does not only face reformist critique and violence. The second opponent comes from hardline Buddhist movements. Still, the Sufi movement is flourishing in Sri Lanka and they continue to work and argue for their way of Islam. This project looks at Sufi theology and theological arguments they use against their opponents. Which theological arguments are they using when they argue with their opponents? Is there a difference in the way they argue against different groups? Project leader is Andreas Johansson, SASNET.