The mosque has been not only a place for religious practices but also a social space, allowing the formation of individual, social, and collective memories. Its spatial organization and central location in an urban or a rural settlement was developed to cultivate enduring practices, organize daily life, and accommodate social interactions among different socioeconomic groups. The secure position of the mosque as the center of daily life has shifted in varying degrees in different settings as a consequence of transformations in everyday life. In Malaysia, these transformations present a unique opportunity to critically examine the position of the mosque as a social space in a historical context and open a discussion of its spatial development with respect to the social, cultural, and political transformations shaped by the Republican reforms.

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