Assistant Professor of History
Wednesday 4-5 pm or by appointment.
Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. He is interested in the problem of government and urban history in Arab polities. 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.
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." Die Welt des Islams 54, no. 1 (April 28, 2014): 4-33. 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. 01 (February 2014): 117-137. 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