Dick Douwes (Sorong, 1957) studied Arabic Language and Culture at Nijmegen University, The Netherlands. In 1993 he received his Ph.D at Nijmegen University (Radboud University). Douwes lectured on the history of the Middle East at the universities of Nijmegen and Leiden. From 1994 to 1998 he was coordinator of the programme Indonesian-Netherlands’ Cooperation in Islamic Studies (INIS) at Leiden University. As of 1998 onwards he was academic coordinator - later executive director - of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and editor of the ISIM Newsletter/Review and ISIM Papers series. Since 2006 he is a full professor of History of Non-western Societies, with particular reference to the Middle East, at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam. He published on late Ottoman history in Syria and on religious plurality in the Middle East, as well as on Muslims in Western Europe.
Professor of Global History, Department of History, Erasmus School for History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam