Sri Lankan Muslims

Population Census 1981

Percentage Distribution of Population by Districts and Race Census 1981

District

Sinhalese Low Country & Kandyan

Ceylon Tamil

Indian Tamil

Ceylon Moor

Burgher

Malay

SRI LANKA - 1981

74.0%

12.7%

5.5%

7.1%

0.3%

0.3%

Amparai

37.8

20.0

0.4

41.5

0.2

-

Anuradhapura

91.1

1.4

0.1

7.1

-

0.1

Badulla

69.1

5.9

20.2

4.2

0.1

0.2

Batticaloa

3.4

70.8

1.2

23.9

0.7

-

Colombo

77.6

10.0

1.2

8.3

1.2

0.3

Galle

94.5

0.9

1.4

3.2

-

-

Gampaha

92.0

3.5

0.4

2.7

0.6

0.6

Hambantota

97.1

0.6

0.1

1.2

-

1.0

Jaffna

0.8

95.2

2.4

1.6

-

-

Kalutara

87.2

1.2

4.1

7.4

0.1

0.1

Kandy

74.3

5.0

9.4

10.5

0.2

0.3

Kegalle

85.9

2.2

6.7

5.0

-

-

Kurunegala

92.9

1.2

0.5

5.0

-

0.1

Mannar

8.2

51.3

13.0

26.1

-

-

Matale

79.9

5.8

7.0

7.0

0.1

0.2

Matara

94.5

0.7

2.2

2.5

-

-

Moneragala

92.7

2.0

3.2

1.9

-

0.1

Mullaitivu

5.2

75.4

14.5

4.7

0.1

-

Nuwara-Eliya

42.1

12.7

42.7

2.0

0.1

0.2

Polonnaruwa

91.4

2.0

-

6.4

-

-

Puttalam

82.6

6.6

0.5

9.9

0.1

0.2

Ratnapura

85.0

2.4

10.6

1.7

-

0.1

Trincomalee

33.4

34.3

2.1

29.3

0.5

0.3

Vavuniya

16.6

56.8

19.6

6.8

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Distribution of Muslims

Province-wise Distribution of Moors and Malays in 1881

Province

MOORS

% of Moors

MALAYS

% of Malays

Western

49,997

27.08

3,437

38.65

Central (incl UVA)

35,363

19.16

2,913

32.75

Northern

10,416

5.64

92

1.03

Southern

16,418

8.90

1,170

13.16

Eastern

43,001

23.30

428

4.81

North-Western

21,955

11.90

837

9.41

North-Central

7,412

4.02

17

0.19

Total

184,542

100.00

8,894

100.00

The Muslim Population of Colombo, Kandy and Galle in 1885, 1921 & 1944

Year

Municipal Councils

Muslim Population

Percentage of Total Population of Council

 

 

 

 

1885

Colombo

Kandy

Galle

52,208

8,276

6,588

6.79%

5.59%

4.06%

 

Total

69,062

 

1921

Colombo

Kandy

Galle

72,837

13,287

11,500

5.75%

6.01%

4.00%

 

Total

97,624

 

1944

Colombo

Kandy

Galle

156,572

31,280

45,550

5.17%

6.45%

4.16%

 

Total

233,402

 

Distribution of Moors & Malays for the years 1921, 1946, 1976 & 1981

 

1921

 

1946

 

1976

 

1981

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

265,340

5.9

396,067

5.91

871,763

6.87

1,100,350

7.41