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Mona Abaza

the ceremony had previously belonged to the Egyptian royal family. It was the same flotilla that carried out the original inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugénie. The message could be interpreted as a wish to consolidate nationalistic sentiments in order to boost pride for grandiose infrastructure projects, with a reference to colonial/cosmopolitan culture that would appeal to neo-liberal sentiments. This went well together with the fact that French president François Hollande was given the lion’s share of attention amongst the

in Cairo collages
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Nostalgia and al-zaman al-gamiil (the ‘beautiful old times’)
Mona Abaza

streets looked cleaner and emptier, when women looked Westernised and finely dressed, and when no veil was seen in the streets. This is certainly only one facet of the story. It is equally manifested in living rooms decorated with photographs and emblems of the former royal family, the former Egyptian flag, and Ottoman artefacts. Interestingly, this nostalgic trend is turning into a collective phenomenon. A good example is the Facebook group that calls itself al-Zaman al-gamiil Facebook . It posts mostly old Egyptian films from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Arabic music

in Cairo collages
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Al-‘imaara (the building) as topos
Mona Abaza

, and the democratisation of education that opened opportunities to millions. 42 Cairo collages The fourth vision, in direct opposition to the third, is held by the supporters of an imagined, over-glorified, pre-1952 colonial-royal elite, which denied the flagrant social inequalities existing at the time and the economic deprivation for the majority that led to yet another revolution. A nostalgic trend persists amongst those who continue to lament the disappearance of colonial times in Egypt, together with the glorious times of the former, deposed royal family

in Cairo collages