• Zahra Yasmoon Vellore Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, Vellore, India
  • Rokhsaneh Rahbarianyazd Alanya University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Turkey




Diaspora, Identity, Heritage, Abandonment, Exile, Holistic.


Sidhpur is a multifaceted municipal town with a rich historical background of the Bohras Muslim community who came to the city more than 100 years ago. The Bohrawads are the neighborhoods of the Dawoodi Bohras, and their unique havelis have been the most despised identity markers of the city. In recent years, the impact of diasporas and exile of the indigenous Bohra population has been enormous, leading to the abandonment of these wads. The aim of the research is to understand how the existing heritage can be understood, valued, and utilized. As these havelis are owned privately, the stakeholders have different takes on the maintenance and conservation of the insignia of tangible heritage. Any intervention for resurgences requires the analysis of all the metaphysical and physical layers of these wads. This research is an effort to examine the desire for these areas' resuscitation and uncover the causes of the opposition to preserving them as living historical monuments. It may contribute to enriching the literature of regeneration processes which can be attempted in Indian context.


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How to Cite

Z. . Yasmoon and R. . Rahbarianyazd, “A DISCOURSE ON HOW ABONDONED HERITAGE CAN BE VALUED- A CASE OF SIDHPUR ”, Khulna Univ. Stud., pp. 222–231, Sep. 2023.



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