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Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor

Adam Mestyan

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. He is interested in the problem of government and urban history in Arab polities. His first monograph is Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017; order it on Amazon). Previously he taught at Oxford University and was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and held a fellowship at EUME program of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin). His next scheduled major publication is Magical History and Muslim Printing in Nineteenth-Century Cairo (Cairo: Ifao, 2019). His present project is entitled Modern Arab Kingship.

In addition, Mestyan has been writing essays about Islam and nationalism in the Arab world, the social transformation in the late Ottoman Empire, Arabic theater history, Eastern European Orientalism, the theory and practice of archives and the origins of the Arabic public sphere. Finally, he also supervises a digital humanities project: Jara'id - A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic.

He welcomes research students interested in any aspect of Middle Eastern and North African history in the global context and who wish to carry out research based on primary sources in the languages of the region.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Office 318; 114 Campus Drive, Carr Building (East Campus), Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2343
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  http://www.adammestyan.com/

Office Hours:

Wednesday 4-5 pm or by appointment.

Ph.D.Central European University (Hungary)2011
Ph.D.Eotvos Lorand 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 • Islam • 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, 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]
  2. Mestyan, A, Upgrade?: Power and sound during Ramadan and ‘Id al-fitr in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Arab provinces, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 37 no. 2 (January, 2017), pp. 262-279, Duke University Press [doi]  [abs]
  3. Mestyan, A, Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (2017), Princeton University Press, ISBN 9780691172644  [abs]
  4. Mestyan, A, Ali Yaycioglu, Partners of the Empire: The Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016), The Hungarian Historical Review, vol. 6 no. 1 (2017), pp. 243-246
  5. Mestyan, A, “I Have To Disguise Myself”: Orientalism, Gyula Germanus, and pilgrimage as cultural capital, 1935–1965, in The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire (November, 2016), pp. 217-239, Brill, ISBN 9004323341  [abs]

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