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Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor

Adam Mestyan

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Arab world, whose research and teaching focus on the global social history of nation-state building, nationalism, and sovereignty in the region from the late Ottoman period until today. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and recipient of numerous grants and fellowships.

Currently, he is working on his second monograph, Modern Arab Kingship, an international history of Arab monarchies and Western imperialism from the late nineteenth century until the 1950s in the former Ottoman territories. In addition, he is preparing for his next project about law, nature, and inequality in twentieth-century Arab countries. His first monograph, Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017), explores, through an archive-based institutional history, how the Ottoman ruling elite of Egypt instrumentalized Arabic and European works to legitimize their power between the 1840s and the 1890s. The book also includes a microhistory of the Cairo Opera House.

He is committed to create free and online tools for scholarship and the public. He supervises an online bibliography project on Arabic periodicals: Jara'id: A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic; co-directs a digital humanities project on the urban history of Cairo; and another digital humanities project on Islamic book history.

He welcomes research students interested in any aspect of this region's modern history in the global context who wish to carry out research based on primary sources in the languages of the region.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  318 Classroom Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3626
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.adammestyan.com/

Teaching (Fall 2020):

    Online ON, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 127.01, JEWISHST 258.01)
    Online ON, W 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
Office Hours:

Wednesday 1-3 pm or by appointment.

Ph.D.Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary)2011
Ph.D.Central European University (Hungary)2011
M.A.Central European University (Hungary)2007
M.A.Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary)2005
M.A.Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary)2004

Arab World • Bureaucracy • Constitutional law--Religious aspects--Islam • International law (Islamic law) • International law--Religious aspects--Islam • Islam • Islamic law • Land titles • Land trusts • Land trusts (Islamic law) • Land value taxation (Islamic law) • Middle East • Middle East--Languages • Nationalism • Nationalism and literature • Nationalism and the arts • Social history • Theater and nationalism

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Mestyan, A, Hārūn Al-Rašīd, the Arabian Nights, and Politics on the Arabic Stage, 1850s–1920s, in The Thousand and One Nights: Sources and Transformations in Literature, Art, and Science, edited by Granara, W; Akel, I (May, 2020), pp. 175-197, Brill, ISBN 978-90-04-42895-9
  2. Mestyan, A, The Muslim Bourgeoisie and Philanthropy in the Late Ottoman Empire, in The Global Bourgeoisie The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire, edited by DeJung, C; Osterhammel, J; Motadel, D (December, 2019), pp. 207-228, Princeton University Press, ISBN 0691177341
  3. Mestyan, A, Daniel A. Stolz. The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt. (Science in History.) xiv + 316 pp., figs., tables, bibl., index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. £75 (cloth). ISBN 9781107196339., Isis, vol. 110 no. 3 (September, 2019), pp. 633-634, University of Chicago Press [doi]
  4. Mestyan, A, Matthew Ellis, Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2018). Pp. 280. $65.00 cloth. ISBN: 9781503605008, International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 51 no. 2 (May, 2019), pp. 325-327, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]
  5. Mestyan, A, Domestic Sovereignty, A'yan Developmentalism, and Global Microhistory in Modern Egypt, Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 60 no. 2 (April, 2018), pp. 415-445, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs]

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