By M. Russell
A shut exam of the interplay of latest highbrow currents with indigenous strategies of morality and advantage, during the prism of adjusting beliefs of womenhood
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63 The housing styles of Azbakiyya and Ismailiyya were slowly seeping into the middle class. 64 Nevertheless, life in the suburbs approached the splendor of life in the chic neighborhoods relative to the remainder of the country. The New Home In the eighteenth century, the aristocratic mamluk home had great signiﬁcance. 65 Over the course of the nineteenth century, as the seat of power moved away from amiral households and into a centralized state, such residences became anachronistic. As discussed in chapter 2, Muhammad Ali promoted southern European architectural styles, eschewing the old mamluk style.
Horses gaily decorated . . ladies in laces and gorgeous colored silks and satins . . Pachas and Beys in tarboosh and showy uniforms, on prancing steeds . . 47 Ellen Chennells recollects the excitement of this period. 48 Weddings necessitated intricate planning, and new outﬁts were required for each of the days of celebration. Mrs. ”49 It is clear from contemporary descriptions that these weddings allowed Ismail to bring the distinction of the court to the public eye. 50 It was not all that uncommon to marry royal women or even important slaves to socially signiﬁcant men.
Cairo’s expansive growth at the turn of the century and the development of mass transit allowed the emerging bourgeoisie to settle in the suburbs of Zahir, Faggala, Abbasiyya, and the like. Here they could create less expensive versions of the new housing styles and avail themselves of the new public services. According to Tamraz, “the design, foundation, and façade of the buildings [we]re in most respects European, but . . 63 The housing styles of Azbakiyya and Ismailiyya were slowly seeping into the middle class.