S. H. Hasbullah

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S. H. Hasbullah
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Native name எஸ். எச். ஹஸ்புல்லாஹ்
Born (1950-09-03)3 September 1950
Erukkulampiddy, Ceylon
Died 25 August 2018(2018-08-25) (aged 67)
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Alma mater
Occupation Academic

Shahul Hameed Hasbullah (Tamil: சாஹுல் ஹமீத் ஹஸ்புல்லாஹ், translit. Cāhul Hamīt Haspullāh; 3 September 1950 – 25 August 2018) was a Sri Lankan social activist, geographer and academic.

Early life and family[edit]

Hasbullah was born on 3 September 1950 in Erukkulampiddy in northern Ceylon.[1][2] He was educated at Erukkulampiddy Central College.[3] He obtained a B.A degree from the Peradeniya campus of the University of Sri Lanka in 1975.[1][2] He also received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia.[1][2][4]

Hasbullah had a son and two daughters.[2]


Hasbullah was professor of geography at the University of Peradeniya.[1] He was a visiting scholar at the University of Zurich, University of Edinburgh, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of British Columbia (2004).[1] He was a visiting Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration.[1][4]

Hasbullah was a resource person during the 2003 Sri Lankan peace talks and was member of the Sub-committee on Immediate and Humanitarian Needs of the War-torn Areas of Sri Lanka.[1] He was a UGC appointed member of the council of the University of Jaffna.[1][5] He was a member of the board of directors of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES).[6] He was a member of the 2017-18 provincial council delimitation committee.[7][8]

On 25 August 2018 Hasbullah suffered a heart attack during a meeting at the University of Jaffna and died after being admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital.[1][2][9] His death came the day after the delimitation committee's report was rejected by Parliament by 139 votes to nil.[10] Hasbullah had submitted an alternate report opposing the delimitation committee's report which he believed had marginalised island-wide minority representation.[11]


Hasbullah wrote several books and research papers including:

  • The Fertility Behaviour of Muslims of Sri Lanka (1984, University of British Columbia)[12]
  • The Growth and Variations of Rural Non-farm Activities in Sri Lanka Since Independence (1989, University of British Columbia)[13]
  • Muslim Refugees, the Forgotten People in Sri Lanka's Ethnic Conflict (2001, Research and Action Forum for Social Development)
  • Peace Negotiations and Social Processes in Sri Lanka (2006, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, co-author Øivind Fuglerud)
  • Sri Lankan Society in an Era of Globalization: Struggling to Create a New Social Order (2009, SAGE Publishing, co-author Barrie M. Morrison)[14]
  • Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque: A Collaborative Ethnography of War and Peace (2014, Pluto Press, co-authors Jonathan Goodhand, Bart Klem, Benedikt Korf, Kalinga Tudor Silva and Jonathan Spencer)[1][15]
  • Denying the Right to Return: Resettlement in Musali South and the Wilpattu Controversy (2015, Kandy Forum)[1]
  • Social Mobilisation of Livelihood Concerns and Everyday Encounters with an Ambiguous State (ICES, co-author Urs Geiser)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Professor Shahul H. Hasbullah (3 September 1950 – 25 August 2018)". Colombo Telegraph. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "பேராசிரியர் S.H. ஹஸ்புல்லாஹ் காலமானார்". Thinakaran (in Tamil). Colombo, Sri Lanka. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Prof. Hasbullah passes away". The Sunday Times. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "SHSU Update for Week of Oct. 20". Huntsville, U.S.A.: Sam Houston State University. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  5. ^ "The Council". Jaffna, Sri Lanka: University of Jaffna. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  6. ^ "Board of Directors". Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Centre for Ethnic Studies. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  7. ^ "Provincial Councils' Delimitation report in the House for debate". The Sunday Times. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  8. ^ "Delimitation Report for PC elections handed over to Minister". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Colombo, Sri Lanka. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  9. ^ Yuwaraj, T. (25 August 2018). "பேராசிரியர் எஸ்.எச்.ஹஸ்புல்லாஹ் யாழ்ப்பாணம் பல்கலைக்கழக வளாகத்தில் காலமானார்". Virakesari (in Tamil). Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  10. ^ "Co-author dies as Sri Lanka parliament shoots down report". Economy Next. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  11. ^ "சமூகத்திற்காக போராடி வென்ற பேராசிரியர்". Vidivelli News. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018. 
  12. ^ Hasbullah, S. H. (1984). The Fertility Behaviour of Muslims of Sri Lanka. Vancouver, Canada: University of British Columbia. 
  13. ^ Hasbullah, S. H. (1989). The Growth and Variations of Rural Non-farm Activities in Sri Lanka Since Independence. Vancouver, Canada: University of British Columbia. 
  14. ^ "S H Hasbullah". SAGE Publishing. Retrieved 25 August 2018. 
  15. ^ "Shahul Hasbullah". London, U.K.: Pluto Press. Retrieved 25 August 2018.