Arnoud Vrolijk (1958) studied Arabic and Turkish at the universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam (UvA), graduating in 1985. After working as a freelance translator he was appointed assistant curator for modern Middle Eastern collections at Leiden University Library in 1987. In 1998 he obtained his doctoral degree at Leiden University with a thesis on humorous occasional poetry in Mamluk Egypt. Since 2006 he has been curator of Oriental manuscripts and rare books. Between 2001 and 2008 he was president of MELCom International, the European Association of Middle East Librarians. He has published extensively on the Leiden Oriental collections and the early history of Oriental scholarship in the Netherlands. In 2009 he founded the monograph series Islamic Manuscripts and Books (Leiden etc.: Brill).