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Dr. H. (Houssine (Hoessein)) Alloul

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis
Photographer: Jelle Sluyts

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: E 1.15
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Houssine Alloul is an Assistant Professor of Modern Global History at the University of Amsterdam. He specializes in international history with a focus on Modern Europe and the Late Ottoman Empire. Prior to coming to UvA, he was an FWO visiting fellow at Boğaziçi University, a Fulbright visiting scholar at Columbia University, and a junior research fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz. He obtained his PhD in History from the University of Antwerp. For his dissertation he examined the relations between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Ottoman Empire, looking in particular at how small power diplomacy, the global expansion of Belgian capital and transnational sociabilities interlaced. Expanding on this thesis, he is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled The Business of Diplomacy: Belgium and the Ottoman World in the Age of Capital.

    He is also preparing (with Michael Auwers, CegeSoma) an annotated English translation and critical edition of the future king Leopold II’s 1864-65 diaries of his voyage through British-occupied India, Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong. Other ongoing projects include an article-length study of Leopold’s lifetime ‘fixation’ (speculative/Orientalist/imperialist) with the Ottoman lands, as well as a comparative, cultural and social history of Ottoman diplomats in Europe in the period 1834-1914.

    Key publications

    • (with Darina Martykánová) “Introduction: Charting New Ground in the Study of Ottoman Foreign Relations”, The International History Review 43 (5) 2021, 1018–1040.
    • “‘Me Among the Turks?’ Western Commanders in the Late Ottoman Army and Their Self-Narratives”, European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire 27 (1-2) 2020, 88-110.
    • (with Henk de Smaele) "L’Arménie dans la politique et l’imagination belge de l’avant-guerre", Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire 97 2019, 809-840.
    • (with Michael Auwers) “What is (New in) New Diplomatic History?”, Journal of Belgian History 48 (4) 2018, 112-122.
    • (with Henk de Smaele and Edhem Eldem, eds.) To Kill A Sultan: A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905), London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 281p – Read the introduction here.
    • (with Roel Markey) “‘Please Deny these Manifestly False Reports’: Ottoman Diplomats and the Press in Belgium (1850-1914)”, International Journal of Middle East Studies 48 (2) 2016, 267-292.

    His publications can be accessed through Academia.edu.

    Other interests

    Finance capitalism, consular history, (post-)Ottoman diasporas in Western Europe, Netherlandish travel literature on the Islamicate Mediterranean, vulgar Orientalism(s), the Congo Free State, modern-day legacies of European colonialism, and European and Ottoman encounters with the Maghreb (after 1700).

    Memberships

    • Founding member of the Turkey Studies Network in the Low Countries (TSN) - Follow us on Facebook @TurkeyStudies.LowCountries
    • Member of the Network for New Diplomatic History (NDH)
    • Member of Power in History: Centre for Political History (PoHis), UAntwerp
    • Research member of the Spanish Ministry of Science funded TRANSCAP project: "The Transnational Construction of Capitalism During the Long 19th Century: An Approach from Two Peripheral Regions – The Iberian World and The Mediterranean". PI: Juan Pan-Montojo & Darina Martykánová (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

     

    London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
  • Teaching

    Courses 2022:

    Bachelor:

    • Geschiedenislab II
      • Seminar: Naar de Oriënt! Het Osmaanse Rijk in Noord- en Zuid-Nederlandse reisverslagen, 1750-1922
    • De Wereld op Straat
    • Moderne Geschiedenis
    • Onderzoeksseminar: Europa en het Osmaanse Rijk
    • Bachelorscriptie
      • Seminar: New Diplomatic History

    Master:

    Een Mondiaal Midden-Oosten, 1798-1939

  • Publications

    2021

    2020

    2017

    • Alloul, H. (2017). Belgium and the Hamidian Regime; Or, the Antinomies of Small-State Diplomacy. In H. Alloul, E. Eldem, & H. de Smaele (Eds.), To Kill A Sultan: A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905) (pp. 129-62). Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Alloul, H. (Ed.), Eldem, E. (Ed.), & de Smaele, H. (2017). To kill a sultan: a transnational history of the attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905). Palgrave Macmillan. https://hdl.handle.net/10067/1471350151162165141
    • Alloul, H., Eldem, E., & de Smaele, H. (2017). Introduction: anatomy of the Yıldız bombing: tracing the global in the particular. In To kill a sultan: a transnational history of the attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905) / Alloul, H. [edit.]; et al. (pp. 1-33). Palgrave Macmillan. https://hdl.handle.net/10067/1471360151162165141

    2016

    • Alloul, H., & Markey, R. (2016). "Please deny these manifestly false reports" : Ottoman diplomats and the press in Belgium (1850-1914). International Journal of Middle East Studies, 48(2), 267-292. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020743816000040

    2013

    2010

    2021

    • Alloul, H. (2021). (Dwang)arbeid in de extractiekolonie: Over Congo ‘Vrijstaat’, kapitaal en de imperatieven van de dekoloniale kritiek. Hermes, 25(3), 18-21.
    • Alloul, H. (2021). Review of Robert Holland, The Warm South: How the Mediterranean Shaped the British Imagination. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018, 336p. Diplomatica, 3(1), 211-214. https://doi.org/10.1163/25891774-02020008

    2019

    2018

    2015

    • Alloul, H. (2015). The Diary of Émile de Borchgrave: Recollections of a Belgian Diplomat in the Ottoman Empire (1885-1892). The Isis Press.
    • Alloul, H., Beyen, M., & Lauwers, K. (2015). Osmaanse diplomaten in België (1849-1914): een online digitaliseringsproject. Mededelingenblad / Belgische Vereniging voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis., 37(1), 37-39. https://hdl.handle.net/10067/1449620151162165141

    2014

    2010

    • Alloul, H. (2010). Diplomatie als cultural encounter : de Belgisch-Osmaanse relaties vanuit cultuurhistorisch perspectief. Mededelingenblad / Belgische Vereniging voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis., 32(4), 21-25. https://hdl.handle.net/10067/1116180151162165141

    2017

    • Alloul, H. (2017). Belgium and the Ottoman Empire: Diplomacy, Capital, and Transnational Loyalties, 1865–1914.
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