Adam Mestyan

Adam Mestyan

Assistant Professor of History

External address: 
Office 318; 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 1-3 pm or by appointment.

Overview

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Arab world, whose research and teaching focus on the global social history of nation-state building, nationalism, and sovereignty. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and recipient of numerous grants and fellowships.

Currently, he is working on his 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, he is preparing for his next project about law, nature, and inequality in twentieth-century Arab countries. His first monograph was Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017).

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 Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic; and co-directs a digital humanities project on the urban history of Cairo.

He welcomes 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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Central European University (Hungary) 2011

  • Ph.D., Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary) 2011

  • M.A., Central European University (Hungary) 2007

  • M.A., Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary) 2005

  • M.A., Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary) 2004

Selected Grants

Modern Arab Kingship awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

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

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, 217–39. Leiden: Brill, 2016. 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, 539–64. Vienna: Hollitzer, 2014. 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.

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.

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): 415–45. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0010417518000105. 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): 262–79. https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-4132893. Full Text Open Access Copy

Mestyan, A. ““Muḥammad Yūsuf Najm – A Maker of the Nahḍa”.” Al Abhath 64 (October 1, 2016): 97–118. 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): 117–37. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020743813001311. Full Text Open Access Copy

Mestyan, A. “Global Ottoman: The Cairo-Istanbul Axis.” Global Urban History, 2017. Open Access Copy

Mestyan, A., and T. Grallert. “Project Jara'id,” 2012.

Fall 2019

Gtwy Sem: Nationalism (HISTORY 167S)
Class Bldg 106, W 08:30 AM-11:00 AM
The Modern Middle East (HISTORY 214)
East Duke 204B, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2018

Violent Jihad In 20Th Century (HISTORY 359)
East Duke 204B, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
Rdngs Empr/colonial Encounters (HISTORY 790S-10)
Carr 229, W 08:30 AM-11:00 AM

Fall 2017

The Modern Middle East (HISTORY 214)
Carr 103, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2017

Radical Islam (HISTORY 359)
Biddle 101, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Fall 2016

The Modern Middle East (HISTORY 214)
Languages 211, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM