Upgrade?: Power and sound during Ramadan and ‘Id al-fitr in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Arab provinces
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© 2017 by Duke University Press. This essay focuses on the month of Ramadan and its end celebration, ‘Id al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast, in the Ottoman Arab provinces in the second half of the nineteenth century. What was the effect of new technologies and urbanization on these Muslim practices in their relationship to politics and the new public spaces? Building on recent scholarship, Mestyan argues that these were reconstituted as part of symbolic politics and served as a test period for using new technologies to synchronize collective action. He explores this process by historicizing the relationship between power and sound during Ramadan.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1215/1089201x-4132893
Publication InfoMestyan, Adam (2017). Upgrade?: Power and sound during Ramadan and ‘Id al-fitr in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Arab provinces. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 37(2). pp. 262-279. 10.1215/1089201x-4132893. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18633.
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Assistant Professor of History
On leave in 2018-2019.I study the problem of nationalism in capitalist empires, especially in the Middle East. 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 studies on agricultural/legal/financial history for my next project about the history of