Adam Mestyan
Associate Professor of History

Adam Mestyan researches and teaches the history of empire and subordinated states in the Arabic-speaking world, with a new focus on agriculture. Currently, he is undertaking research for his third monograph, a history of fiscal sovereignty in modern Egypt and Syria. He is interested in all aspects of global agricultural history, including agrarian shari'a, envirotechnical bureaucracy, urban agriculture, food processing chains, and war.

His previous works in cultural and political history include Modern Arab Kingship - Recycling Empire in the Age of Administration (Princeton University Press, forthcoming in 2023) in which he developed the argument that, instead of nationalism, the operation of "recycling empire" was at the heart of new political orders in the Arab successor polities of the Ottoman Empire; Primordial History, Print Capitalism, and Egyptology in Nineteenth-Century Cairo (Ifao, 2021), a manuscript translation and edition with an essay about Muslim chronographical praise in the Egyptian age of steam; and Arab Patriotism (Princeton University Press, 2017), a study of the Ottoman-local cultural origins of Egyptian nationalism through theaters and plays. He remains interested in musical theatre history in the Eastern Mediterranean. His articles appeared in the Journal of Global History, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Urban History, and many other academic journals.

He has also been creating digital tools and Arabic databases for scholars and the public. He supervises an online bibliography on Arabic periodicals: Jara'id: A Chronology of Arabic Periodicals, 1800-1929; co-directs a digital humanities project on the urban history of Cairo and another one on Islamic book history.

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