Adam Mestyan

Assistant Professor of History

External address: 
Office 316; 114 Campus Drive, Carr Building (east Campus), Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 684-2343
Office hours: 

Wednesday 4-5 pm or by appointment.

Overview

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph is Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017; order it on Amazon). Previously he taught at Oxford University and was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and held a fellowship at EUME program of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin). His next scheduled major publication is Magical History and Muslim Printing in Nineteenth-Century Cairo (Cairo: Ifao, 2019). His present project is entitled  Modern Arab Kingship.

In addition, Mestyan has been writing essays about Islam and nationalism in the Arab world, the social transformation in the late Ottoman Empire, Arabic theater history, Eastern European Orientalism, the theory and practice of archives and the origins of the Arabic public sphere. Finally, he also supervises a digital humanities project: Jara'id - A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic.

He welcomes research students interested in any aspect of Middle Eastern and North African history in the global context and who wish to carry out research based on primary sources in the languages of the region.

Education & Training

  • 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

Mestyan, A. Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017. (Monograph)

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, 217-239. Leiden: Brill, November 2016. (Essay) Open Access Copy

Mestyan, A. "Sound, Military Music, and Opera in Egypt during the Rule of Mehmet Ali Pasha (r.1805-1848)." In Ottoman Empire and European Theatre Vol. II – The Time of Joseph Haydn. From Sultan Mahmud I to Mahmud II (r.1730-1839),edited by M Hüttler and H Weidinger,539-564. Vienna: Hollitzer, 2014. (Essay) Open Access Copy

Mestyan, A. "Sound, Military Music, and Opera in Egypt during the Rule of Mehmet Ali Pasha (r.1805-1848)." In Ottoman Empire and European Theatre Vol. II – The Time of Joseph Haydn. From Sultan Mahmud I to Mahmud II (r.1730-1839),edited by M Hüttler and H Weidinger. Vienna: Hollitzer, 2014. (Essay)

Mestyan, A. "Cultural Policy in the Late Ottoman Empire? The Palace and the Public Theatres in Nineteenth-Century Istanbul." In Kulturpolitik und Theatre - Die kontinentalen Imperien in Europa im Vergleich. Oldenburg: Böhlau, 2012. (Essay)

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 37, no. 2 (2017): 262-279.

Mestyan, A. "ARABIC THEATER IN EARLY KHEDIVIAL CULTURE, 1868–72: JAMES SANUA REVISITED." International Journal of Middle East Studies 46, no. 01 (February 2014): 117-137. Full Text Open Access Copy

MESTYAN, ADAM. "Power and music in Cairo: Azbakiyya." Urban History 40, no. 04 (November 2013): 681-704. Full Text Open Access Copy

Mestyan, A. "ARABIC LEXICOGRAPHY AND EUROPEAN AESTHETICS: THE ORIGIN OF FANN." Muqarnas Online 28, no. 1 (January 1, 2011): 69-100. Full Text Open Access Copy