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European mischief was typified by the Egyptian exhibition in Paris for Barnums All World Show in the second half of the nineteenth century The show itself was a huge display built to mimic old-fashioned Egypt architecture designed down to minuscule detail such as dirt purposeful rubbed into paint to make the display look old People could come to the All World show to see the display and feel that they were learning about other cultures and peoples Simultaneously people could feel good about strengthening their intellect and their brave curiosity concerning other cultures while reinforcing racist stereotypes about non-Western culture This curiosity and intellect were the justifications Europeans used to explain their relationship to Egypt This gaze was thought to help Europeans know Egyptians and other Middle Eastern people and finally that without these types of interactions Europeans would never know and never be able to dominate the Orient Mitchells response to the European gaze and its justification is that there are reasons beneath the espoused public reasons Through the European gaze Europeans could see others without seeing themselves a positions of true power They were able to remove themselves from the world while still interacting with it through the gaze because they were able to disappear not only European culture but the dilemmas and reality of Orient culture as well The rebuilding of Cairo and other Middle Eastern cities became about the creation of a map and a plan that could be read and understood by European colonists Previous to its rebuilding the lack of street signs house numbers or any obvious patterns to the street made it impossible for Western people to understand the rules for navigating through the city The exhibition which was completely planned yet retained the elements of Egyptian architecture that Europeans were interested in was a predictor of the ways in which Cairo itself would be rebuilt 2 Foucaults analysis is very useful in studying
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