- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Duke University Press Books (May 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822341611
- ISBN-13: 978-0822341611
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East Coast of Sri Lanka
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"Dennis B. McGilvray has long been engaged in ethnographic and historical research among Muslims and Hindus in Sri Lanka's matrilineal belt in the East Coast, the current scene of intense ethnic conflict and warfare. This much-awaited book will be indispensable for understanding the complexities of the nation's ethnic conflict and a `must read' for those working in South Asia, on ethnic conflict and resolution, on the vicissitudes of matrilineal descent and the complexities of historical and social change in this region."--Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Princeton University
"Recognized as a leading anthropologist of Sri Lanka, Dennis B. McGilvray has been studying the Tamil-speaking Hindus and Muslims of the country's eastern region for some thirty years. McGilvray argues that it is in the eastern region that the future of the insurgency is being decided, and therefore the future of Sri Lanka itself. His book has great potential to deepen understanding of the crisis, and to show the strategic importance of this neglected region. It is a very rich work."--Thomas R. Trautmann, author of Languages and Nations: The Dravidian Proof in Colonial Madras
"Crucible of Conflict is clearly one of the most important books on Sri Lanka to be published in decades. Dennis B. McGilvray has written a rich, thorough, historically grounded ethnography of a fascinating but understudied region, and he has articulated it with the most contemporary regional, national, and world developments. He moves smoothly and never superficially from ancient history to his decades of ethnographic work, to world Islam, to the recent tsunami. This is work of lasting value, a book that will be cited and cited for years to come."--Deborah Winslow, co-editor of Economy, Culture, and Civil War in Sri Lanka --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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