Harry Stroomer

Hendrikus Joseph (Harry) Stroomer was born on 22 November 1946 in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. He received primary education (1953-1959) and secondary education (Gymnasium, 1959-1965) in his home town. 

From 1966-1976 he studied Arabic, Assyriology, Comparative Semitic Linguis­tics, General Linguistics, and various Ethiopian languages at both Amsterdam University and Leiden Universi­ty. In the academic year 1971-1972 he studied Arabic at Cairo University. In 1976 he passed his "doc­toraal" (MA) exam with Arabic, Islamic studies, Classical Ethiopic, Epigraphic South Arabian and Comparative Semitic Linguis­tics as major subjects.

From November 1976 he is included in the staff of the section of Arabic (including Berber and South Semitic languages of the Arabic-Persian-Turkish teaching program within the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Middle East of Leiden University as an associate professor.

In the period 1976-1980 he participated in many workshops in General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam.

From 1978-1987 he worked on Cushitic languages (Oromo dialects, Burji and Somali). In 1978-1979, 1980 and 1983 he did fieldwork in Kenya, among the Boraana Oromo (Marsabit), the Orma Oromo (Tana River) and the Waata Oromo (near Malindi). The results of this fieldwork were pub­lished in a Ph.D. submitted in 1987 at Leiden University entitled: A Compara­tive Study of Three Southern Oromo Dialects in Kenya, first published by Buske Verlag, and two monographs published by Köppe Verlag.

From 1986 he shifted his focus on Berber languages, from 1986 onwards he has been teaching Berber languages at Leiden University and encourages research on these languages.

From 1 of Februari 2002 he is full professor of Afroasiatic, in particular Berber and the Semitic languages of Arabia and Ethiopia.

He is a fellow of:

-the MMSH / IREMAM (CNRS) Aix-en-Provence (because of Berbers studies).

-the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS / Wassenaar)

He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the monograph series Berber Studies, published with Rüdiger Köppe Verlag / Keulen

He is the president of :

- the Oosters Instituut (Oriental Institute)

- the Foundation “Sahara Societeit”

And a member of  the

-Juynboll foundation
-editingboard of Journal of African Languages and Linguistics.
-editorial board of the Stichting De Goeje.

- the central Comité Scientifique of the international Journal Etudes et Documents berbères
- équipe website Ouahmi Ould Braham Multimedia 
- member of the editorial Board of Folia Orientalia, published by the Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow Branch.


Fellow member
Leiden University