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About Andreas Johansson

Andreas Johansson is the Director of Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), Lund University. He holds a PhD in History of Religion. In his research he examines how different organizations use religious terms and symbols. He studies a wide range of sources and has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka and Japan. In Andreas’ PhD thesis, entitled Pragmatic Muslim Politics – The Case of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, he investigates the use of religious terms and symbols in Muslim politics. His aim is to analyze the role of religious terms and symbols within a non-fundamentalist political party, namely the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a Muslim political party that has been part of the democratic process in Sri Lanka since the 1980s.

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After his recent win, Mahinda Rajapaksa urged his voters not to attack the losing side, saying: “No matter what they did to us we must set an example”.        

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