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This volume elucidates the dramatic changes taking place in Middle Eastern cities during the first half of the 20th century. During this period radical changes took place with the introduction of new public spheres and places and with these a new society emerged. The focus of the contributions is on the development of these changes and how they were experienced and interpreted by the inhabitants of the cities and towns.
Table of contentsIntroduction: Public Places and Public Spheres in Transformation, Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen
Colonizing Popular Culture or Creating Modernity?, Walter Armbrust
Town Planning Schemes for Cairo, Mercedes Volait
The Pleasure of Public Space Muhammad 'Ali Street and the Nightclubs in Cairo (1900-1950), Karin van Nieuwkerk
Sex and Cinema in Damascus, Elizabeth Thompson
The Early Museums and the Formation of Their Publics, Christel Braae
Istanbul in the 1940's and the Garip Poets, Henning Goldbæk
The Appearance and Disappearance of Public Space, Hans Chr. Korsholm Nielsen
Construction of the Public Sphere in the Middle Eastern Medina During the First Half of the 20th Century, Anton Escher
Press reviews"This collection of essays is the first and promising volume, which inaugurated the Institute's [The Danish Institute in Damascus] series of proceedings ... the book is well written as well as abundantly and mostly aptly illustrated ... The book ... should be a source of inspiration not only for scholars and researchers but also for all those with a keen interest in the relationship between space and consciousness in the context of urban modernity ..."
Hélène Vacher H-Urban
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