Adam Mestyan researches and teaches the history of empire and subordinated states in the Arabic-speaking world. His current research interest centers on the relationship between nature and state-formation, including Islamic law, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

He is associate professor in the History Department of Duke University and a graduate of CEU and ELTE (Budapest). He taught at Oxford University and subsequently was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His works in cultural and political history include Modern Arab Kingship – Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East (Princeton University Press, 2023), Primordial History, Print Capitalism, and Egyptology in Nineteenth-Century Cairo (Ifao, 2021); and Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017).

(Istanbul, May 2022)