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Cairo's Street Stories Exploring the City's Statues, Squares, Bridges, Garden, and Sidewalk Cafes

ISBN-10: 977416153X
ISBN-13: 9789774161537
Edition: N/A
Authors: Lesley Lababidi
List price: $24.95
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Description: In 1872, Ismail Pasha, the khedive of Egypt, was the first to adopt the European custom of positioning heroic statues on public display as a symbolic message of the continuing authority of the ruling Muhammad Ali dynasty to which he belonged, but it  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144

In 1872, Ismail Pasha, the khedive of Egypt, was the first to adopt the European custom of positioning heroic statues on public display as a symbolic message of the continuing authority of the ruling Muhammad Ali dynasty to which he belonged, but it was not until the early twentieth century and the determination of sculptor Mahmoud Mukhtar that such public art gained general acceptance, and today statues stand, ride, or sit in the streets, squares, and gardens of Cairo. Each sculpture adds a piece to the jigsaw of history spanning personalities and events that shaped the city and wider Egypt from 1805 to 1970, and here Cairo-based author Lesley Lababidi provides a unique perspective on Egyptian history through looking at more than fifty statues and monumental sculptures and the stories behind them. Between statues, she explores Cairo's growth and its multidimensional identity, as manifested in the development and changing use of city space over the centuries, and examines the relationship of Cairo's modern denizens with the landscapes, districts, palaces, archaeological sites, cafs, bridges, and gardens of their great and maddening city, the Mother of the World. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photographs by the author, Cairo's Street Stories presents a unique and lively view of the history that fashioned the city's streets and open spaces, and of the many and often unexpected uses to which its inventive inhabitants put them.

LESLEY LABABIDI raised three children in Cairo and is the author of Silent No More: Special Needs People in Egypt (AUC Press, 2002).

Acknowledgments
Eclectic City
Cairo is...an 'Ahwa
River City
Virgin City, 640-1270
Medieval City, 1270-1517
Oriental City, 1517-1801
Cairo is ... a Gineina
Egyptian City, 1801-Today
Cairo is ... a Midan
Muhammad Ali and Modernization, 1805-82
Nationalism and Independence, 1882-1952
Revolution and Political Reform, 1952-70
Cairo is...a Kubri
The Sculptors
How to Clean a Statue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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