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Cairo ContestedGovernance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity$
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Diane Singerman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162886

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162886.001.0001

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Making or Shaking the State Urban Boundaries of State Control and Popular Appropriation in Sayyida Zaynab Model Park

Making or Shaking the State Urban Boundaries of State Control and Popular Appropriation in Sayyida Zaynab Model Park

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(p.41) 1 Making or Shaking the State Urban Boundaries of State Control and Popular Appropriation in Sayyida Zaynab Model Park
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Cairo Contested
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Diane Singerman

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162886.003.0002

This chapter deals with a nuanced discussion of the relationship between architecture, design, urbanization, public culture, community ideology and the changing institutional design of Egypt's aesthetic and cultural identity. It also highlights the increased institutional linkages between tourism and instrumentalizing Egypt's cultural heritage embodied and symbolized by the Ministry of Culture's change of name to the Ministry of Culture and Civilizational Planning in 1993. The chapter looks at the Sayyida Zaynab Model Park project which for more than a year after the design competition suffered from bureaucratic and budget allocation problems and political struggles within the government. It also describes the culture as 'Umran, brokering a deal between the state and the local community, and the opening ceremony of the park. It then addresses the Abu-l-Dahab festivals and the Ministry of Culture and al-Tansiq al-Hadari. In general, the Abu-l-Dahab boundary story is an incomplete, real portrayal of the relationship between local communities and the government in twenty-first-century urban Cairo.

Keywords:   Cairo, Ministry of Culture and Civilizational Planning, Abu-l-Dahab, Sayyida Zaynab Model Park, urbanization, community ideology, public culture, institutional design

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