Dr Jan Jaap de Ruiter is an Arabist and works as a university lecturer at Tilburg University (Tilburg School of Humanities, Department of Culture Studies). His interests include the status and role of Arabic and the position of Islam in Western Europe and Morocco. His publications, in various languages including French, centre on these themes. Jan Jaap de Ruiter regularly participates in the debate about Islam in the West in national and international contexts. He participated in many Dutch and European research and development projects.