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Mona Abaza

speed of construction, should be completed in the next five to seven years. The U$45 billion capital is advertised on its website as an Egyptian Renaissance of a dream, if not as a surreal fantasy world.4 A series of websites on Vimeo Egypt about the New Capital Cairo5 sells a futuristic, science-fiction-like, virtual speculation of the new capital, parading mostly modern and Western-looking women, walking in idyllic landscapes. New Capital Cairo should be conceived of as the antithesis of the central old city of the thousand minarets. It will be a gigantic city that

in Cairo collages
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Mona Abaza

, the question becomes what to do about the missing bodies and those killed by coincidence just because they were in the street. Are they martyrs? Are these vanished bodies with no proper burial, nor proper prayers and ritual ablutions according to Islamic traditions, still considered as martyrs, wonders Rabii‘? In that sense, ‘Utaarid could be classified as a dystopian science-fiction thriller.13 It is a projection of the future Cairo in 2025, twelve years after the 2013 Rabe‘a al-‘Adaweyya massacre, in which the city witnessed the widespread use of thugs to beat up

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Mona Abaza

equates the vertical expansion of the modern metropolis Tale III: My exhausted and exhausting building 81 Figure 14  The elevator, 6 April 2016. with high-velocity upward travel. Graham’s ahead-of-its-time analysis of the elevator in modern times informs us that ‘Hitachi’s research elevators are now running at speeds that are 300 times as fast as those in New York 100 years ago’ (Graham 2014: 245). To meditate on Graham’s work is to indulge in a science-fiction novel or a film from a lagging time machine. Graham is quite conscious of the class disparities and

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