Kuala Lumpur is a diverse city representing many different religions and nationalities. Recent government policy has actively promoted unity and cohesion throughout the city; and the country of Malaysia, with the implementation of a programme called 1Malaysia. In this book, the authors investigate the aims of this programme – predominantly to unify the Malaysian society – and how these objectives resonate in the daily spatial practices of the city’s residents.
This book argues that elements of urban infrastructure could work as an essential mediator ‘beyond community’, allowing inclusive social structures to be built, despite cultural and religious tensions existing within the city. It builds on the premise of an empirical study which explores the ways in which different communities use the same spaces, supported through the implementation of a theoretical framework which looks at both Western and Islamic conceptualisations of the notion of community. Through the analysis of Kuala Lumpur, this book contributes towards the creation of more inclusive places in multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious communities across the world.
“The book by Marek Kozlowski, Asma Mehan and Krzysztof Nawratek offers a well-structured insight in a multiethnic microcosm of the Southeast Asian metropole of Kuala Lumpur, one of the most important urban centers in this part of the world. Their theoretical approach towards problems they discuss is combined with presentation of KL’s history and complicated, multidimensional religious, social and political structure of the place, which is the heart of today’s Malaysia. The book provides a scholarly deep, nuanced, but at the same time fascinating analysis of the urban fabric of Kuala Lumpur – the city with ambitions, but also some weaknesses. It is strongly supported with information about facts concerning the present state and possible future of its broadly understood urban and social infrastructure.” - Dr. Jaroslaw Suchoples – Senior Research Fellow, Department of Art, Music and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
1. Towards Radical Inclusivity-Community, Ummah and Beyond
2. From Strategy to Tactic
3. National Unity and Urban Segregation
4. The Spatial Dynamics of Kuala Lumpur
5. Urban and Social Infrastructure
6. Spatial Practices – Dividing and Connecting
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