The modern ordinary: changing culture of urban living in Egypt's traditional quarters at the turn of the twentieth century

Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem

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    Abstract

    Having experienced social and political structures of the 19th century Europe, Western- educated Egyptian elite used public institutions to force legislative structures and procedures that ruled out traditional housing forms and spatial systems. This essay detects direct and indirect impact of these changes that informed the spatial change of modern living in Egypt in the first quarter of the twentieth century. It offers analysis of socio-spatial practices and change in ordinary Cairenes’ modes of everyday living, using social routine and interaction to explain spatial systems and changing house forms during the first quarter of the 20th century. In doing so, the essay utilized archival documents, accounts, formal decrees, and novels of the time as well as conducting survey of house forms and spatial organizations in Old Cairo.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)825-844
    Number of pages20
    JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
    Volume52
    Issue number5
    Early online date27 May 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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