Assistant Professor of History
Wednesday 4-5 pm or by appointment.
Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017; order it on Amazon) presents the essential backstory about the birth of nationalism in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire. Previously he taught at Oxford University and held fellowships at Harvard University and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
At the moment, Mestyan works on three major publication projects in addition to articles. The first is entitled Praise and Books in Nineteenth-Century Egypt and it is the translation and edition of a hitherto unknown Arabic manuscript about the ancient history of Egypt. Based on archival and other materials, the introduction to this translation reconstructs the world of Muslim sheikhs in the age of printing and fundamentally changes our perception of the origins of public sphere in the Middle East. This book will be published by IFAO.
Second, the next book project is Cosmopolitanism and Empire – Musical Theater in the Eastern Mediterranean. The key goal of the book is to explore the transimperial, indeed, transcontinental entertainment networks and entanglements that shaped and were shaped by the lives and adventures of Ottoman Armenian, Turkish, and Arab impresarios and troupes. It breaks up and challenges purely national narratives of art and theater histories, making the book a major statement for the cosmopolitan construction of local cultures.
Finally, Modern Arab Kingship is a study in the history and representation of Arab sovereignty. How did nationalism and Islam interact in monarchical structures? Through the comparison of six Arab monarchies in the interwar period, the book explores the Arabic ideology and imagination of nation-states as monarchical forms under colonial rule.
He has been deeply interested in the theory and practice of archives and the origins of the Arabic public sphere. He also supervises a digital humanities project: Jara'id - A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic.
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 17, 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, 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 (In preparation)." Annales Islamologiques 50 (2016).
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