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Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor

Adam Mestyan

On leave in 2018-2019.

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Arab world, specializing in the history of nationalism and government since the late Ottoman Empire until today. Methodologically, he is interested in historical anthropology, legal history, global urban history, and global microhistory. A graduate of CEU and ELTE (Budapest), he taught at Oxford University and was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, Harvard University.

His most recent monograph, Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017), offers the first scholarly investigation of the Egyptian khedivate, a semi-autonomous Ottoman regime type in the late nineteenth century. The book argues that in this polity there was a non-colonial mode of elite patriotism in Arabic in the Ottoman context. Further following the intertwined history of nationalism and government, his current book project, Modern Arab Kingship (under contract), traces the rise of Arab monarchies from the late nineteenth century until the 1950s in the former Ottoman territories. In the global framework of capitalist imperialism, this study unearths ideas and practices of sovereignty in Arabic, the interaction between Muslim theology and pan-Arab nationalism, and legal and aesthetic modes of imagining the national kingships. 

Finally, Mestyan is preparing a project on the history of private wealth and business in global Cairo. He remains committed to the nineteenth-century history of Egypt and the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. In this regard, his next scheduled major publication is Primordial History, Khedivial Power, and Egyptology in Modern Cairo (Cairo: Ifao, 2020). He also supervises an online bibliography project on Arabic periodicals: Jara'id: A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic.

He welcomes research students interested in any aspect of modern Arab 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:  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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