Houssine Alloul

Postdoctoral researcher

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About Houssine Alloul

Houssine Alloul is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, where he is also a member of Power in History: Centre for Political History. He studied history at the same institution and at the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice. He obtained a PhD in History from UAntwerp in 2017. His dissertation investigated the relations between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Ottoman Empire (1865–1914), with a special focus on the intertwining of small power diplomacy, the global expansion of Belgian capital, and transnational sociabilities. His work has been supported by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (IEG) in Mainz, and the Academia Belgica - Centrum voor Geschiedenis, Kunsten en Wetenschappen in Rome. In 2019 he was a Fulbright visiting scholar and B.A.E.F. honorary fellow at Columbia University. He is currently preparing a number of publications on Leopold II and his expansionist ideas about the Middle East and is working on a new project on foreign consuls in late Ottoman port cities.

Research interests
Euro-Ottoman interactions, diplomats and their habitus, consular history, Western travel in the Islamic Mediterranean, Leopoldian colonialism, finance capitalism, Moroccan history (after 1800), and (vulgar) Orientalism(s).


Belgium and the Ottoman Empire: Diplomacy, Capital, and Transnational Loyalties, 1865–1914, University of Antwerp, 2017, 404p. 

Selected publications

  • (with Sinan Kuneralp, eds.) The Diary of Émile de Borchgrave: Recollections of a Belgian Diplomat in the Ottoman Empire (1885-1892) (The Isis Press: Istanbul, 2015).
  • (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.
  • (with Edhem Eldem and Henk de Smaele, eds.) To Kill A Sultan: A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905) (Palgrave Macmillan: London, 2017), 281p.
  • (with Michael Auwers) “What is (New in) New Diplomatic History?”, Journal of Belgian History 48 (4) 2018, 112-122.


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