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Cairo CosmopolitanPolitics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East$
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Diane Singerman and Paul Amar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162893

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162893.001.0001

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Reconstructing Islamic Cairo

Reconstructing Islamic Cairo

Forces at Work

(p.269) 9 Reconstructing Islamic Cairo
Cairo Cosmopolitan

Caroline Williams

American University in Cairo Press

Cairo's historic and architectural center—its Islamic heart and soul—is currently the target of the Egyptian government's reconstruction and transformation. Manifestly, this rehabilitation is an update to bring this historic area of traditional values into the global cosmopolitan track that is the itinerary of the modern tourist. In the larger context, however, the rapid timeline of this venture, and the threat posed to the fabric of society, engender a debate as to how to use this initiative as an economic transfusion for an ailing national economy, how to conserve a valuable cultural heritage, and how to integrate the people who live in the area in its revival. This chapter sketches the way in which these questions have become focused in the Historic Cairo Restoration Project established by Decree No. 1352 of May 1998.

Keywords:   Cairo, Egypt, reconstruction, transformation, cosmopolitan, Historic Cairo Restoration Project, rehabilitation, cultural heritage

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