Malwana’s brief History
Malwana is one of 18 villages of Buhary Thakiya. Beruwela. (Nabaviyathul Qadiriya Tharika). In Malwana there live Muslims and Sinhalese in equal amount. It is a town of 35,000 (estimate as of 2001) inhabitants in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. It is situated on the banks of the Keleni River, 14 km north-west of Colombo. It is part of the Gampaha District and Biyagama electoral division. Malwana forms part of the Biyagama free-trade zone, where government incentives has drawn investors from around the world into manufacturing ventures involving clothing and light industry.[i]
It has said according to the research and investigation conducted by the anthropologist de la Hall Marret there is a pure Arabic stock. “The Semitic types the Persian type still in this country.” You can spot them out at once whether in Jaffna, Puttalam, Malwana, Galle or Trincomalee. Undoubtedly this Arabic/Semitic infusion dates back to the 8th century, or says de la Hall Marret, even longer. [ii]
The Portuguese Administration, 1597-1656
The Portuguese Government of Lanka was subject to the Viceroy at Goa. At its head was the Captain General, with his residence at Malwana he was spoken of by the natives as the king of Malwana, with the title of Highness He was assisted by a Vedor da Fazenda, in charge of the revenue, and by an Ouvidor or judge. The `City of St. Lawrence’ or Colombo was administered by a Chamber or municipal body.
After the oath of allegiance to the new monarch thereafter delegates from various divisions of the kingdom were summoned to Malwana to decide whether they would be governed by the laws of Portugal or by those of Lanka. The Sinhala had chosen to abide by their own laws at this meeting.[iii]
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