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Renate Dekker


Dr. R.E.L. Dekker
+31 71 527 2727

Renate Dekker is a Lecturer at the Institute for Area Studies. Renate Dekker examines the development of the Coptic Church and its relations with monastic communities, mainly on the basis of Coptic documents, inscriptions and literature. Whereas her PhD dissertation focused on late antique bishops in the Theban region(the area of modern Luxor),a planned Postdoc project will examine the organisation of the Coptic Church and competing Christian groups under Muslim rule. As a lecturer Dekker aims to enthuse her students by providing practical Powerpoint presentations,regular feedback and assignments that enable them to examine original texts. In addition, Dekker would like to develop courses for the Coptic Orthodox Community in the Netherlands.

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Fields of interest

  • Coptic Orthodox Church
  • bishops
  • ascetics
  • Egyptian monasteries
  • Coptic language

Teaching activities and supervision

  • BA Koptisch I (Coptic I): introduction to Sahidic Coptic
  • BA Koptisch II (Coptic II): editing a Coptic text
  • (Res)MA Coptic Texts in Context (variant 1): Bohairic Coptic
  • (Res)MA Coptic Texts in Context (variant 2): Coptic Papyrology


2018 - present Lecturer of Coptic

2012-2017 PhD in Egyptology (Coptology), Leiden University
2010-2012 Self-funded PhD in Egyptology (Coptology), Leiden University
2006-2008 Research MA in Middle Eastern Studies, Leiden University
2005-2006 MA Egyptian Language and Culture, Leiden University
2002-2005 BA Egyptian Language and Culture, Leiden University

Grants and awards

  • May 2019 Grants for the organisation of the international seminar "Coptic Ostraca from the Theban Region (Egypt)", Leiden, May 16-17; from the Brigitte und Martin Krause-Stiftung(Münster, Germany), NINO (Leiden) and LUF (Leiden).
  • 2018-2019 Three grants for short study visits to Münster, from the Brigitte und Martin Krause-Stiftung, Münster (Germany).
  • 2012-2017 Research grant “PhDs in the Humanities”, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, The Hague).
  • March 2011 Kardinaal Willebrandsprijs,from the Instituut voor Oosters Christendom (IvOC), Nijmegen,for the best thesis on a subject in the field of Eastern Christianity (MPhil-thesis on Bishop Pesynthios of Keft).

Key publications

  • 2018 Episcopal Networks and Authority in Late Antique Egypt: Bishops of the Theban region at work, Peeters Publishers, Leuven [corrected PhD dissertation].
  • 2018 Jacques van der Vliet, The Christian Epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia, edited by R. Dekker, with the assistance of C. ten Hacken, J.L. Hagen and M. Eissa, Routledge: Abingdon/New York.
  • 2018 With M. Eissa, “The latest known (Bohairic) Coptic epitaphs (NMEC 46 and 47)”, Journal of Coptic Studies 20: 57-79.
  • 2016 “The Encomium on Bishop Pesynthius: an evaluation of the biographical data in the Arabic version”, in: M. Ayad (ed.), Studies in Coptic culture: transmission and interaction, Cairo: AUC Press, 77-91.
  • 2016 “A relative Chronology of the Topos of Epiphanius: the identification of its leaders”, in P. Buzi, A. Camplani and F. Contardi (eds), Coptic society, literature and religion from Late Antiquity to Modern Times: proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Rome, September 17th-22nd, 2012, and plenary reports of the Ninth International Congress of Coptic Studies, Cairo, September 15th-19th, 2008, Leuven: Peeters, 755-67.
  • 2015 “The memorial stone of Bishop Joseph III of Aswan”, in A. Łajtar, G. Ochała and J. van der Vliet (eds), Nubian voices II: new texts and studies on Christian Nubian culture (The Journal of Juristic Papyrology, Supplement XXVII), Warsaw: University of Warsaw/Raphael Taubenschlag Foundation, 2-25


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.02b


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