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Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor

Adam Mestyan

Adam Mestyan is on sabbatical leave until January 2022.

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Arab world. Using the approach of global legal history, he is working on a new monograph Modern Arab Kingship (under contract), a social history of constituting Arab political orders in the interwar period. His next project is a history of land administration (taxation, agrarian shari‘a, and the land survey) in modern Syria and Egypt. He is the author of Primordial History, Print Capitalism, and Egyptology in Nineteenth-Century Cairo (Ifao, 2021) and Arab Patriotism (Princeton University Press, 2017).

He has been interested in digital humanities in Arabic, especially in creating tools and databases for scholars and the public. He supervises an online bibliography on Arabic periodicals: Jara'id: A Chronology of Arabic Periodicals, 1800-1929; co-directs a digital humanities project on the urban history of Cairo and another one on Islamic book history.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  318 Classroom Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3014
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.adammestyan.com/

Teaching (Spring 2022):

    East Duke 209, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENERGY 383.01)
    Class Bldg 125, Tu 08:30 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 469S.01, RELIGION 469S.01)
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 • Islamic press • 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 • Press • Press and politics • Social history • Theater and nationalism

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Mestyan, A, A Muslim Dualism? Inter-Imperial History and Austria-Hungary in Ottoman Thought, 1867-1921, Contemporary European History, vol. 30 no. 4 (November, 2021), pp. 478-496 [doi]  [abs]
  2. 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
  3. Mestyan, A, Seeing like a khedivate: Taxing endowed agricultural land, proofs of ownership, and the land administration in Egypt, 1869, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, vol. 63 no. 5-6 (January, 2020), pp. 743-787, Brill [doi]  [abs]
  4. Mestyan, A, Khedive, Encyclopaedia of Islam, Three (2020), pp. 70-71, Brill [doi]
  5. Mestyan, A, Pious Endowments: Land and Women in Late Ottoman Egypt: Reading the Grand Muftī’s Opinions from 1848‒1849, The Arabist, vol. 41 (2020), pp. 85-100

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