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Jacques van der Vliet


Prof.dr. J. van der Vliet
+31 71 527 2727

Jacques van der Vliet is a researcher at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Fields of interest

- Coptic literature in its cultural context  
- Marginal traditions: magical, apocryphal and Gnostic texts from Egypt 
- The Christian epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia 
- Coptic papyrology, focusing on material from the Theban region (Pisentius-archive) and the Fayoum (Naqlûn)



1984: MA in Egyptology, Leiden University, after studies in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden 

1985 - 1987: Research assistant, Theological Faculty, Free University Amsterdam 

1985 - 1990: Teacher of Dutch as a foreign language, James Boswell Institute, Utrecht University 

1990 - present: Lecturer (initially teacher) of Coptic language and literature, Leiden University 

1996: PhD, Leiden University (thesis:  L’image du mal en Égypte: démonologie et cosmogonie d’après les textes gnostiques coptes

1996 - 2000: Congress secretary of the International Association for Coptic Studies; organization  Seventh International Congress of Coptic Studies (Leiden, 27 August-2 September 2000) 

1997 - present: Member of the Polish archaeological mission in Naqlun (Fayoum, Egypt) and various other epigraphic missions in Egypt and Sudan 

2000 - present: Member of the board of the International Association for Coptic Studies (IACS); member of the editorial board of various international journals (i.a.  Vigiliae Christianae, since 2011) 

2008 - present: Extraordinary professor of Egyptology and Coptology, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies / Institute for Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen 

2008 - present: President-elect of the International Society for Coptic Studies (IACS) 

2009 - present: Member of the board of the Association francophone de coptologie (AFC)


Key publications


Het Evangelie van Judas: Verrader of bevrijder?, 224 p., Utrecht/Antwerpen: Uitgeverij Servire, 2006, ISBN 9789021584065. 

M. Immerzeel, J. van der Vliet, eds.,  Coptic studies on the threshold of a new millennium. Proceedings of the seventh International congress of Coptic studies, Leiden, 27 August-2 September 2000, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta; 133. Louvain (etc.): Peeters, 2004. 

Catalogue of the Coptic inscriptions in the Sudan National Museum at Khartoum (I. KhartoumCopt.), Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 121. Louvain (etc.): Peeters, 2003. 

A. Egberts, B.P. Muhs, J. van der Vliet, eds.,  Perspectives on Panopolis: An Egyptian town from Alexander the Great to the Arab conquest, Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava, 31. Leiden: Brill, 2002.  

Chapters in books, articles

2006: ‘“In a robe of gold”: Status, magic and politics on inscribed Christian textiles from Egypt’, in: C. Fluck, G. Helmecke, eds.,  Textile messages: Inscribed fabrics from Roman to Abbasid Egypt, Studies in textile and costume history, vol. 4. Leiden / Boston: Brill, 2006: pp. 23-67. 

2005a: ‘Reconstructing the landscape: Epigraphic sources for the Christian Fayoum’, in: Gawdat Gabra, ed.,  Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis, Cairo/New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2005, pp. 79-89. 

2005b: ‘Fate, magic and astrology in Pistis Sophia, chaps 15-21’, in: A. Hilhorst & G.H. van Kooten, eds.,  The Wisdom of Egypt: Jewish, Early Christian and Gnostic Essays in Honour of Gerard P. Luttikhuizen, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2005, pp. 519-536. 

2005c: Catalogue nos. 109-113, 115-116, and 120, in: G.T. Martin,  Stelae from Egypt and Nubia in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, c. 3000 BC-AD 1150. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. 155-165, 168-173, and 178-179. 

2004: ‘History through inscriptions: Coptic epigraphy in the Wadi al-Natrun’,  Coptica 3 (2004) [= Proceedings of the Wadi al-Natrun Symposium (Wadi al-Natrun, Egypt, February 1-4, 2002), Part II], pp. 187-207. 

2002: ‘Pisenthios de Coptos (569-632): moine, évêque et saint. Autour d'une nouvelle édition de ses archives’, in: M.-F. Boussac, ed.,  Autour de Coptos. TOPOI, Supplément 3. Lyon: TOPOI, 2002: pp. 61-72.



- Coptic language (Sahidic; optionally: Bohairic, Introductory Old-Nubian) 
- Coptic cultural history 
- Coptic philology (Coptic papyrology; optionally: Coptic literary texts)


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES Egyptologie

Work address

Herta Mohr
Witte Singel 27A
2311 BG Leiden
Room number 1120



  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Griekse T&C

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden




  • Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen bijzonder hoogleraarschap
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