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Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor

Adam Mestyan

On leave in 2018-2019.

I am a historian of the modern Arab world, especially Egypt. Currently, I am working on my 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, I am writing a number of smaller studies on financial/administrative history for my next project about the history of inequality in modern Egypt.  My first monograph, Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017), explored the aesthetic construction of an autonomous monarchy in late Ottoman Egypt (the khedivate) between the 1850s-1880s; its main argument is that local Arabic patriotism in Egypt (wataniyya) was the ideology of this sub-Ottoman monarchy and thus compatible with empire. 

I am committed to create free and online tools for scholarship and the public. I supervise an online bibliography project on Arabic periodicals: Jara'id: A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic; and co-direct a digital humanities project on the urban history of Cairo.

I welcome 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:  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/
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/11033.html

Office Hours:

Wednesday 4-5 pm or by appointment.
Education:

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
Keywords:

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. 02 (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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