The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a microcosm of world religions. Although there is a deeply rooted tradition of Theravada Buddhism, the country is home to large populations of Hindus, Muslims and Christians. In the era of post-colonial independence, paradigms of power, status and identity have vied for a place in the new nation. Divisions deepened as Sri Lanka spiraled into a civil war, which ended in 2009. In the post-war period, minority ethnic and religious communities struggle for power and recognition. Despite valiant efforts by local and international groups, peace and unity remain elusive goals.
As an ISLE student, you’ll learn the local language and culture, study with renowned faculty, and conduct independent field research on a topic of your choice. In Sri Lanka, you can develop the tools you need to navigate complex socio-cultural landscapes as a cultural insider and informed researcher.