Sri Lankan Moors

Sri Lankan Moors (Tamil: இலங்கைச் சோனகர், romanized: Ilaṅkaic Cōṉakar; Sinhala: ලංකා යෝනක, romanized: Lanka Yonaka; formerly Ceylon Moors; colloquially referred to as Muslims) are an ethnic minority group in Sri Lanka, comprising 9.2% of the country's total population. They are native speakers of the Arabic-influenced Tamil, who also speak Sinhalese as a second language. They are predominantly followers of Islam. The Sri Lankan Muslim community is divided as Sri Lankan Moors, Indian Moors and Sri Lankan Malays as per their history and traditions.The Sri Lankan Moors are of diverse origins with some tracing their ancestry to Arab traders who first settled in Sri Lanka around the 9th century, and who intermarried with local women. The concentration of Moors is the highest in the Ampara, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts.


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