Adam Mestyan
Assistant Professor of History

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Arab world.

Currently, he is working on his second monograph, Modern Arab Kingship, a global legal history of order-making in the former Ottoman territories between the 1910s and 1940s. In addition, he is preparing for his next project about law and agriculture (agrarian shari'a) in modern Egypt and Syria. His first monograph, Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017), explores how the Ottoman ruling elite of Egypt nationalized themselves through Arabic and European works, especially theaters and plays, between the 1840s and the 1890s.

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 Arabic Periodicals, 1800-1929; co-directs a digital humanities project on the urban history of Cairo; and another digital humanities project on Islamic book history.

He welcomes research students interested in the legal and material aspects of modern history who wish to carry out research based on primary sources in the languages of the region.

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Wednesday 1-3 pm or by appointment.

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