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Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East

Diane Singerman and Paul Amar


In the cities of the Arab world, while the media focus overwhelmingly on questions of religiosity and war, the future of urban modernity and political globalism is taking shape. As the Egyptian state reaches out to capture the apparent promises of neoliberalism, Cairenes struggle over and redefine their place, identity, and material welfare. Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, this volume explores what happens when new forms of privatization meet collectivist pasts, public space is sold off to satisfy investor needs and tourist gazes, and the state plans for Egypt's futur ... More

Keywords: urban modernity, political globalism, Egypt, neoliberalism, privatization, public space, foreign investors, open-air markets, nationalism, Cairo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9789774162893
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162893.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane Singerman, editor

Paul Amar, editor

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7 From Dubai to Cairo

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8 Keeping Him Connected

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Heritage and Touristic Globalization

9 Reconstructing Islamic Cairo

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10 Urban TransformationsSocial

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11 Pyramids and Alleys

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12 Belle-éPoque Cairo

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