Materials for a history of Hungarian academic orientalism: The case of Gyula Germanus
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This article provides materials for an institutional history of academic Hungarian Orientalism through the life of Gyula Germanus (1884-1979). Using hitherto unexploited archives, this text explores his education, integration into academia, and career up to 1939. I argue that Germanus was an assimilated Hungarian of Jewish origin with a strong loyalty to the state. His two conversions - to Calvinism in 1909 and to Islam in 1930 - also transformed him from a minor Turkologist into a popularly acclaimed Arabist. This study demonstrates that academic Orientalism as a national science was a contested vehicle of social mobility in the Hungarian transition from an imperial to a nation-state setting.© 2014 koninklijke brill nv, leiden.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1163/15700607-00541p02
Publication InfoMestyan, Adam (2014). Materials for a history of Hungarian academic orientalism: The case of Gyula Germanus. Welt des Islams, 54(1). pp. 4-33. 10.1163/15700607-00541p02. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/12574.
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Assistant Professor of History
On leave in 2018-2019.I am a historian of the modern Arab world, especially Egypt. In general, I am interested in the problem of nation-making in empires and the history of the global bourgeoisie. Currently, I am working on my second monograph, Modern Arab Kingship, an international history of Arab monarchies and Western imperialism from the late nineteenth century until the 1950s in the former Ottoman territories. In addition, I am writing a number of smaller stu