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

Abdelmonem, M.G. ORCID: 0000-0002-8271-0924, 2016. The modern ordinary: changing culture of urban living in Egypt's traditional quarters at the turn of the twentieth century. Middle Eastern Studies, 52 (5), pp. 825-844. ISSN 0026-3206

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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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Middle Eastern Studies
Creators: Abdelmonem, M.G.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 27 May 2016
Volume: 52
Number: 5
ISSN: 0026-3206
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/00263206.2016.1176918DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 24 Mar 2017 16:42
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30444

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