Adam Mestyan: Arab Patriotism The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt
Chair: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Arab Patriotism presents the essential backstory to the formation of the modern nation-state and mass nationalism in the Middle East. While standard histories claim that the roots of Arab nationalism emerged in opposition to the Ottoman milieu, Adam Mestyan points to the patriotic sentiment that grew in the Egyptian province of the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth century, arguing that it served as a pivotal way station on the path to the birth of Arab nationhood.
Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph is Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017). Previously he taught at Oxford University and was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and held a fellowship at EUME program of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin). His next scheduled major publication is Magical History and Muslim Printing in Nineteenth-Century Cairo (Cairo: Ifao, 2019). His present project is entitled Modern Arab Kingship.