Allapitchay Mohamed Mihlar
A.M. Mihlar is a doctoral candidate at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He holds a Masters in Arts and received an M.Phil. with a gold medal in Comparative Religion from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, where he also teaches Comparative Religion. He also taught at the University of Colombo as a Visiting Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Civilization. His extensive study in Islam and other religions in comparison have earned him wide recognition in Sri Lanka as a renowned Islamic academic. Mihlar has been a strong proponent of interreligious dialogue and researched extensively on the topic.
Mihlar holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Finance from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan and a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations and Human Resource Management from the University of Colombo. He has published widely on Islamic Finance, comparative studies on Islam and other philosophies and Social Sciences. He also worked as a research supervisor in private universities, and has been a visiting lecturer and resource person at many forums and events. He is presently the Vice Principal of Zahira College, Colombo.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
“Love All Hate Non”
This initiative has three components.
1) Developed a resource module on Hate speeches and online hate campaigns
The members of KFN Sri Lanka together with an external consultant developed a resource module on hate speeches and campaigns.
2) Research publication produced on Online Hate Campaigns and Escalation of Physical Violence in Sri Lanka.
It is clear that there is a lack of research on online hate campaigns in Sri Lanka, especially from qualitative viewpoint. This research looked at studies and theoretical contributions with key concepts in relation to the topic for reaching deeper understanding of the online hate campaigns; escalation of physical violence.
3) Capacitated staff members of the Commission of Rehabilitation and National Action Plan and Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka.
Staff members of the Rehabilitation Commission and Head of Action Plan and Countering the Radicalization, Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka will be capacitated on Hate speeches and hate campaigns.