Prof. dr. J.F. (Joris) Borghouts (Emeritus)

  • Professor emeritus
  • Egyptology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2037
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES Egyptologie
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.15c
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Faculty / Department: Nederlands Instituut voor Nabije Oosten
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Looking back over thousands of years to Pharaonic or Christian Egypt, the eye always meets that intensive pursuit of perfection, in a permanent struggle between culture and nature. The absolute drive of the Egyptians to continue one’s individual existence can be met in building, statuary and religion, to quote a few aspects, but especially in the latter. The confrontation with this intense culture is what makes Egypt so fascinating for my students and myself, especially when listening to the authentic voices of the erstwhile inhabitants—that is, through the written sources. My personal interests are magic, ritual and the language of Pharaonic Egypt.
The reconstruction of their world-view: whether a cosmogonical record, magic, a story or a simple letter: language and form testify to a balancedness that keeps amazing me every day, even though I am well aware that most of the material derives from a cultural elite.


  • (2005) Book of the Dead [39]: From Shouting to Structure, Wiesbaden, 100 pp.
  • (1998) J.F. Borghouts, D. van der Plas, Coffin Texts Word Index, Utrecht & Paris, [Centre for Computer-aided Egyptological Research Utrecht University], 328 pp. [Publications Interuniversitaires de recherches égyptologiques informatisées, nr. 6]
  • (1982) “Divine Intervention in Ancient Egypt and its Manifestation (b3w)”, Gleanings from Deir el-Medîna, J.Janssen and R. Demarée (eds.), Leiden [Egyptologische Uitgaven, 1] pp. 1-70.
  • (1978) Ancient Egyptian magical texts [selected and translated], Leiden, XII, 125 pp. [Religious texts translation series "Nisaba", no.9]
  • (1973) “The Evil Eye of Apopis”, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 59, London, 114-150

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