To Kill a Sultan

A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905)

  • Houssine Alloul
  • Edhem Eldem
  • Henk de Smaele

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Houssine Alloul, Edhem Eldem, Henk de Smaele
    Pages 1-33
  3. Maarten Van Ginderachter
    Pages 67-97
  4. İpek K. Yosmaoğlu
    Pages 247-264
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 265-281

About this book


This book explores an event described by The Times as 'one of the greatest and most sensational political conspiracies of modern times'. On 21st July 1905, just after the Friday Prayer at the Yildiz Hamidiye Mosque in Istanbul, a car bomb exploded and left 26 dead with another 58 wounded. Sultan Abdulhamid II, the target of the attack, remained unscathed. The Ottoman police soon discovered that Armenian revolutionaries were behind the plot and several people were arrested and convicted, among them the Belgian anarchist Edward Joris. His incarceration sparked international reaction and created a diplomatic conflict. The assassination attempt failed, the events faded from memory, and the plot became a footnote in early twentieth-century history. This book rediscovers the conspiracy as a transnational moment in late Ottoman history, opening a window on key themes in modern history, such as international law, terrorism, Orientalism, diplomacy, anarchism, imperialism, nationalism, mass media and humanitarianism. It provides an original look on the many trans- and international links between the Ottoman Empire, Europe and the rest of the world at the start of the twentieth century.


history history of literature Middle East political history political science political violence politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Houssine Alloul
    • 1
  • Edhem Eldem
    • 2
  • Henk de Smaele
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of HistoryBoğaziçi UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Department of HistoryUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48931-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48932-6
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