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Adam Mestyan, Assistant Professor

Adam Mestyan

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Arab world.

Currently, he is working on his second monograph, Modern Arab Kingship, a global legal history of order-making in the former Ottoman territories between the 1910s and 1940s. In addition, he is preparing for his next project about law and agriculture (agrarian shari'a) in modern Egypt and Syria. His first monograph, Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017), explores how the Ottoman ruling elite of Egypt nationalized themselves through Arabic and European works, especially theaters and plays, between the 1840s and the 1890s.

He is committed to create free and online tools for scholarship and the public. He supervises an online bibliography project 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 digital humanities project on Islamic book history.

He welcomes research students interested in the legal and material aspects of modern history who wish to carry out research based on primary sources in the languages of the region.

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 2021):

  • HISTORY 359.01, VIOLENT JIHAD IN 20TH CENTURY Synopsis
    Online ON, MW 05:15 PM-06:30 PM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 359.01, ICS 361.01, POLSCI 382.01, PUBPOL 359.01)
Office Hours:

Wednesday 1-3 pm or by appointment.
Education:

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
Keywords:

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, 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 (November, 2020), pp. 743-787, Brill [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, 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
  4. Mestyan, A, The Muslim Bourgeoisie and Philanthropy in the Late Ottoman Empire, in The Global Bourgeoisie The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire, edited by DeJung, C; Osterhammel, J; Motadel, D (December, 2019), pp. 207-228, Princeton University Press, ISBN 0691177341
  5. Mestyan, A, Daniel A. Stolz. The Lighthouse and the Observatory: Islam, Science, and Empire in Late Ottoman Egypt. (Science in History.) xiv + 316 pp., figs., tables, bibl., index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. £75 (cloth). ISBN 9781107196339., Isis, vol. 110 no. 3 (September, 2019), pp. 633-634, University of Chicago Press [doi]


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