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Hygienic Enclosure and the Construction of Modern Egypt, 1883–1936

This project traces the co-development of new public health and urban planning regimes in late 19th- and early 20th-century Egypt, arguing that they worked to construct new territorialities and social hierarchies, including racial hierarchies and gender and familial norms. It explores how interventions like burning dwellings, warehousing people in quarantine camps, and implementing new building standards functioned to surveil and police spaces and bodies that were rendered non-normative— unnatural, unhealthy, or unproductive.