KARIM BEJJIT   kbejjit@gmail.com 


Dept of English, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetouan

 Writing the Maghreb started as a google group designed specifically for students in my Moroccan American Studies class to facilitate sharing files and exchanging comments.

I have since become more and more aware of the importance of committing oneself to some sort of online communication with readers and viewers across the world since the technology we have today makes it possible. My blog aims to do exactly that – it is a tiny space for sharing thoughts and reflections. 


  • Doctorat D’Etat (PhD) University Mohamed I, Oujda, Morocco (2000)
  • MA Postcolonial Studies University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, UK (1996)
  • BA English Literature University Abdelamlek Essaadi, Tetouan, Morocco (1992)

Reasearch Interests

  • Modern British and American literatures
  • Postcolonial literatures and theory
  • Anglo-American travel discourses on Morocco
  • North African cultural history; Moroccan literature in French and Arabic

Recent Publications

  • 2016 “Book Review of Moroccan foreign policy under Mohammed VI, 1999–2014, by Irene Fernandez-Molina (Routledge, 2016) The Journal of North African Studies, v21 n5: 920-922
  • 2015 English Colonial Texts on Tangier, (1661-1684): Imperialism and the Politics of Resistance (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate), ISBN: 978-1-4724-5790-5.
  • 2013 “Refashioning Barbary: American Discourse on North Africa” Beyond Colonial /Postcolonial intervention: Revisiting the Debate of Morocco in English Writings and Moroccan Writings in English  eds.  A. Essrhir, Khalid Amine et al  (Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Abdelmalik Essaadi University, Tetuan) 141-160.
  • 2013 Hamed Al-Maghribi and Other Tales (Casablanca: Al Qalam Al Maghribi) Collection of short stories in Arabic
  • 2013 Travel and Otherness (Rabat: Dar Alamane) (Collected essaysin Aabic by multiple authors)
  • 2012 “Female Spaces, Cross-cultural Encounters: Elizabeth Fernea and the Moroccan Experience” The Journal of North African Studies (Vol. 17 N° 3 2012), 491-501.
  • 2011 “The Dutch in Barbary during De Ruyter’s Time” De Ruyter: Dutch Admiral eds. J R Bruijn, R P va Reine and RVH Westerflier (Rotterdam: Karwansaray Publishers) 57-76.
  • 2010 “Edward Said and Orientalism: A Reappraisal” Moroccan American Studies, ed. Mohamed Benzidan (Laboratory of Moroccan American Studies, Faculty of Letters Ben M’sik, Casablanca) 67-78.
  • 2009 “Tangier That Was: The Confessions of Samuel Pepys” Writing Tangier, eds. Ralph M Coury and Kevin Lacey (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2009) 151-162.


(Undergraduate): Modern  literary criticism and theory, British and American fiction (Postgraduate):  A Cultural History of Moroccan American RelationsAmerican Travellers in the Maghreb 2012, The History and Theory of Travel 2012.

Research Grants and Academic Visits

  • Visiting Professor (2013-2014) Dept. of English, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
  • Fulbright post-doc visiting scholar (July-October, 2011) San Diego State University, USA
  • Visiting Lecturer (February- March 2009) Georgia University System, GA, USA
  • Visiting Scholar (April-June 2007) NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies)

Links to Electronic Publications:

بين الأدب والنقد والسياسة بصمات: مجلة كلية الآداب والعلوم الإنسانية بنمسيك، عدد 2، ص. 35-56

Encountering the Infidels: Restoration Images of the Moors”. Sheffield Hallam Working Papers: Representing Morocco Working Papers on the Web  2004



9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Laila Yacoubi said:

    Dear Dr Bejjit,

    It’s always a pleasure to follow your new publications, though they seem a bit hard to find in common libraries.
    Are there any specific places to buy them in Casablanca?

    Best Regards


  2. Dear Bejjit ,
    Like so many students of my genaration, I had the chance and honor to be in your classes . Those years moved me and

    changed a lot . Hopefully , your blog still does the same job and leaves a great impact beacause you make out of your


    Best wishes


  3. jsingh852 said:

    Hello Karim I really enjoy reading this blog – how are you? I think my earlier post did not show /jyotsna

    • Thanks Jyotsna. I’m very good how about you? Your earlier comment appeared in one of my other posts see “A Year In Tabuk: Fresh Reminiscences”. I’m excited the Tangier book is coming out in a few weeks time.

      • Hello Karim We have not been in touch for long. I wanted to introduce you to my newly refurbished webpage which I now manage myself. I am writing from that site but it is jsingh.msu.domains
        Since our Presidential elections, I started writing a series of reflective blogs (Kalam) on our new world, titles Brave New World. (you will see below the MENU I hope you will read and respond I want to start a conversation. I am still figuring our HOW to disseminate and get followers..
        Hope our paths cross sometime. I love your book btw.

      • ALSO, I have LINKS pages as I want to make my site dynamic. SO I can post your site as a link?

      • Hi Jyotsna,
        Happy New Year 2017

        Thanks for your note. I just can’t find the link to your blog. Did you enclose one?

        Sure you can use link my blog to yours.

        I have been promoted to full professor after my Tangier book came out in 2015. Also I am moving from Hassan II university of Casablanca to the University in Tetouan my home town in February. I have been with Hassan II since 2000. Time for change.

        Please keep in touch


  4. Richard McNulty said:

    Hi Karim

    I am visiting Tangier this week as part of my research into the English occupation in the 1600s. I have read your fascinating book Colonial Texts which I consider a sublime authority on the era.

    My intention is in fact to pen a novel (so somewhat less academic than your work) surrounding the tensions between the disparate group of English and Irish soldiers in the early garrison.

    I am visiting the American Legation to read more of Routh’s book on the subject. I was hoping too that I might consult someone with a working knowledge of this period.

    Would you happen to know or be able to recommend anyone who may assist me in my research.

    Thanks for your consideration


  5. Hi Richard,

    Thanks for your compliment.

    I think the best person to start with is the TALIM director. As I live in Casablanca I haven’t had a chance yet to know many local people interested in this early period of Tangier’s history. However, I’m in touch with Rachid Affaki, (rachid.affaki@hotmail.fr) based in Tangier who has published a great deal in Arabic about the city but not yet on the English period. He speaks fluent Arabic and Spanish but not English to my knowledge.
    I have his phone if you need it.

    All the best


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