This concluding segment to Samuel's video trilogy, City of the Dead and the World Exhibitions examines European images of the Arab world from a historical perspective.
Here, Samuel looks at the rise of fundamentalism, the role of architecture in gender segregation in the historical and contemporary Islamic city, British and French laws of dispossession, the influence of turn-of-the-century World Exhibitions in creating a picture of the Orient, and terrorism in contemporary Egypt.
Interviews with Janet Abu-Lughod (Before European Hegemony, The World System AD 1250-1350); Akbar S. Ahmad (Postmodernism and Islam); Hussien Ahmed Amin (Egyptian ex-ambassador to Algeria); Edwar Al-Kharrat (The Girls of Alexandria); Max Rodenbeck (Egypt From the Air) and Timothy Mitchell (Colonising Egypt) are coupled with images of war, art, terrorism, and modern-day Egypt in an effort to discover the roots of contemporary European politics and perception.
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