Assistant Professor of History
Wednesday 4-5 pm or by appointment.
On leave in 2018-2019.
I am a historian of the modern Arab world, especially Egypt. In general, I am interested in the problem of nation-making in empires and the history of the global bourgeoisie. 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), through a material history of ideas based on archival research, argues that patriotism was the official ideology of a sub-Ottoman monarchy in nineteenth-century Egypt (the khedivate).
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.
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 6, no. 1 (2017): 243-246.
Mestyan, A. "Review of "Liat Kozma: Policing Egyptian Women - Sex, Law, and Medicine in Khedivial Egypt"." British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2013).
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. "Domestic Sovereignty, A'yan Developmentalism, and Global Microhistory in Modern Egypt." Comparative Studies in Society and History 60, no. 2 (April 1, 2018): 415-445. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy
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 (January 1, 2017): 262-279. Full Text
Mestyan, A, and Volait, M. "Affairisme dynastique et dandysme au Caire vers 1900: Le Club des Princes et la formation d’un quartier du divertissement rue ʿImād al-Dīn." Annales Islamologiques 50 (2016): 55-106. Open Access Copy
Mestyan, A. "Ignác Goldziher's Report on the Books Brought from the Orient for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences." Journal of Semitic Studies 60, no. 2 (July 2015): 443-480. Full Text Open Access Copy
Mestyan, A. "Materials for a history of Hungarian academic orientalism: The case of Gyula Germanus." Welt Des Islams 54, no. 1 (January 1, 2014): 4-33. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy
Mestyan, A. "Arabic theater in early khedivial culture, 1868-72: James Sanua revisited." International Journal of Middle East Studies 46, no. 1 (January 1, 2014): 117-137. Full Text Open Access Copy
Mestyan, A. "Erratum: Power and music in Cairo: Azbakiyya (Urban History (2013))." Urban History 40, no. 4 (November 1, 2013): 705-null. Full Text Open Access Copy
Mestyan, A. "ARABIC LEXICOGRAPHY AND EUROPEAN AESTHETICS: THE ORIGIN OF FANN." Muqarnas Online (2011): 69-100. Full Text Open Access Copy