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Adam Mestyan, Associate Professor

Adam Mestyan

Adam Mestyan researches and teaches the history of empire and subordinated states in the Arabic-speaking world. His current research interests include fiscal sovereignty, agrarian and environmental history, and Islamic law in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

His previous works in cultural and political history include Modern Arab Kingship - Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East (Princeton University Press, forthcoming in 2023) in which he developed the argument that, instead of colonialism and nationalism, the operation of "recycling empire" was at the heart of new political orders in the Arab successor polities of the Ottoman Empire; Primordial History, Print Capitalism, and Egyptology in Nineteenth-Century Cairo (Ifao, 2021), a manuscript translation and edition with an essay about Muslim chronographical praise in the Egyptian age of steam; and Arab Patriotism (Princeton University Press, 2017), a study of the Ottoman-local cultural origins of Egyptian nationalism through theaters and plays. He remains interested in musical theatre history in the Eastern Mediterranean. His articles appeared in the Journal of Global History, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Urban History, and many other academic journals.

He has also been creating digital tools and Arabic 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 (Fall 2022):

    East Duke 209, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 127.01, JEWISHST 258.01)
  • HISTORY 449S.01, SYRIA, 1921-2021 Synopsis
    Crowell 106, Tu 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 449S.01)
Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Class Bldg 240, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENERGY 383.01)
    Friedl Bdg 225, W 08:30 AM-11:00 AM
Office Hours:

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, “Land Privatization in Islamic Law? The Case of Irsad in Egypt, 1850-1950”, The Arabist, vol. 44 (November, 2022), pp. 87-104
  2. Mestyan, A, From administrative to political order? Global legal history, the organic law, and the constitution of mandate Syria, 1925–1930, Journal of Global History, vol. 17 no. 2 (2022), pp. 292-311, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs]
  3. 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]
  4. 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
  5. 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]

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