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New Texts Out Now: Adam Mestyan, Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt

Adam Mestyan, Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Adam Mestyan (AM): What happens to a national narrative retold in an imperial context? My book Arab Patriotism addresses a contradiction. Many modern nations are understood as having emerged through the rejection of empire or as results of colonial domination. But what about nations which ...

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Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Middle East. His first monograph Arab Patriotism - The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017) presents the essential backstory about the birth of nationalism in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire. Previously he taught at Oxford University and held fellowships at Harvard University and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.