Religious architecture, everyday life and urban space in Mumbai

Religious architecture, everyday life and urban space in Mumbai

Sarover Zaidi


This project focusses on religious architecture in Mumbai and its relationship to neighborhoods, markets, street cultures, municipal planning and the urban space of the city. Working between theological architecture (especially of the three Semitic religions), ghettoized neighborhoods, and the formation of city plans, I aim to look at the forms in which these expand into the social, the political and the pluralistic practice of religion in a cosmopolitan city. The relationship of religious architecture and religious space to the everyday life of different religious groups, specifically the Muslims, Christians and Jews residing in Ward B of Mumbai, will be traced.  Understanding how religious structures organize everyday life, both in a contemporary and historical sense and how they contend and concede with the rise and formations of markets, housing colonies , street cultures and city plans around them are a core aspect of this research. Unpacking the logic of space in a historical port city and the commercial capital of India, I will look at how city planning, bureaucratically secular intentions, and infrastructures of a globalizing city deal with aspects of the historical, the traditional and the religious in its contemporary form.