The Islamic faith has had a presence in Sri Lanka since the 8th century AD. Originally brought by Arab traders over a millenium ago, who intermarried with the local communities, today Muslims in Sri Lanka have a pluralistic religious practice, and are of multi ethnic origins, linked to both the Sinhalese and Tamil communities.
Collectively known as ‘Sri Lankan Moors,’ the wider community also includes Malays, Memons and Dawoodi Bohras among others. Thus those who profess Islam as their faith in Sri Lanka, are ethnically, ideologically and linguistically diverse, each bringing important contributions that have strengthened the culture of the country.
Important resources to read about Muslims in Sri Lanka:
The Muslims Of Sri Lanka: One Thousand Years Of Ethnic Harmony, 900 – 1915 By Lorna Srimathie Dewaraja