prof.dr. (Dick) D Douwes


Dick Douwes is Professor of Global History, at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since 2006 he is also dean of the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Professor Douwes studied Arabic Language and Culture at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In 1993 he received his PhD at Nijmegen University. He 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. He has published on late Ottoman history in Syria and on religious plurality in the Middle East, as well as on Muslims in Western Europe.

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Professor emeritus | Department of History
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam

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  • Dick Douwes & Mohamad Meqdad (2020) - Muslim Cultures and Societies 2020 online short course series
  • Dick Douwes & G Berg (Leiden University) (2020) - NISIS Autumn School, Co-organizer
  • Dick Douwes (2019) - The Aga Khan University and The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Culture in Crisis Programme
  • Dick Douwes (2018) - Shrine Culture: Sectarianisation and its Alternatives
  • Dick Douwes (2018) - Positie van Arabischtalige Alawieten in het Midden-Oosten
  • Dick Douwes (2018) - Shrine Politics in Lebanon and Syria: Reorganizing Sacred Space
  • Dick Douwes (2017) - Shrine Politics
  • Dick Douwes (2017) - Shrine Politics in the Middle East: Holy Sites and Public Space
  • Dick Douwes (2013) - Citizenship, Personal Status Law and the Muslim Other in Post-Ottoman Syria and Lebanon
  • Dick Douwes (2012) - The sectarian catch in Asad's Syria (Suriya al-Asad): the Alawite community and the uprising

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