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Until 1972, the island was known to the Europeans as Ceylon, or related names in other European languages. With the creation of the republic in 1972, the term ‘Sri Lanka’ was coined. 3 The use of ‘Ceylon’ for the republic is obviously anachronistic, but the use of Sri Lanka for the historical period is anachronistic as well. I will therefore use ‘Ceylon’ for the historical period,4 and ‘Sri Lanka’ for the modern period, and for discussions which do not refer to any period in particular. It is often necessary to refer to the places of origin of the Malay speakers.
The British fostered the religion of the Malays and provided a good infrastructure. There were special Malay mosques next to the cantonments. This aided the cohesion of the community. Services in the Moor mosques were unpopular because the service there was held in Tamil and Arabic, which did not suit the Malays. This also sheds doubt on the proposed strong link with the Tamil Moor community. The soldiers insisted on having mosques situated in the vicinity of their living quarters. Otherwise they had to travel far out of their camps to attend collective worships in the mosques belonging to the Moors.
HISTORY OF THE SRI LANKAN MALAYS 18 year 1801 number 81 1803 82 1813 1816 9 412 214 208 ? 1: Arrival of recruits during the British Period based on (Hussainmiya 1987:60ff) and Bichsel-Stettler (1989:18). Note that the total number of Malays recruited from abroad during North’s government is not known. 2 Demographic history By the end of the Dutch rule, the Malays appear “to have been on a firm footing in the island much so that the British administrators, with very few exceptions, identified and referred to them only as Malays [and not by more precise denominations SN]” (Hussainmiya 1987:55).
A grammar of upcountry Sri Lanka Malay by Sebastian Nordhoff.