Abstract: This study aims to investigate the social interaction among Buddhists and Muslims by measuring the mixed interaction and sharing of free time together in Moneragala, an administrative district among 25 in Sri Lanka. Moneragala consists of followers of both Islam and Buddhism, forming two religious groups that co-exist side by side in several villages namely; Bakinigahawela, Godigamuwa, Kanulwela and Medagama. This is an ethno-religious study about the social interaction among Buddhists and Muslims specifically in the administrative District of Moneragala. There are two major indicators (mixed interaction and sharing of spare time together) that have been prepared and applied in a questionnaire survey in order to measure the nature of the social interaction among the two religious groups. The samples together with the above mentioned indicators proved that the Buddhists and the Muslims in Moneragala have a positive mixed interaction and shared their spare time together. Therefore, the significance of the study is mainly associated with demonstrating the level of social interaction among both religious groups in this district.
Ahmad Sunawari Long, Khaidzir HJ. Ismail and Ahamed Sarjoon Razick, 2016. Social Interaction among Buddhists (Sinhalese) and Muslims in Moneragala District, Sri Lanka. The Social Sciences, 11: 585-588.