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A City Consumed: Urban Commerce, the Cairo Fire, and the Politics of Decolonization in Egypt

Nancy Reynolds


Though now remembered as an act of anti-colonial protest leading to the Egyptian military coup of 1952, the Cairo Fire that burned through downtown stores and businesses appeared to many at the time as an act of urban self-destruction and national suicide. The logic behind this latter view has now been largely lost. Offering a revised history, this book looks to the decades leading up to the fire to show that the lines between foreign and native in city space and commercial merchandise were never so starkly drawn. Consumer goods occupied an uneasy place on anti-colonial agendas for decades in ... More

Keywords: urban commerce, Cairo Fire, Egypt, decolonization, consumer goods, local production, consumption, anti-colonial protest, dress, shopping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804781268
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Reynolds, author