About

KARIM BEJJIT   kbejjit@gmail.com 

Professor of English Studies

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. 

Education

  • 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

  •  2017    “An American in Tangier: Interview with Paul Bowles,” Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS) 8.1 (2017) https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6nj7q64f
  • 2017 “Book Review of Black Morocco: a History of Slavery, Race, and Islam.” Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 35.4 (2017): 579-581.
  • 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
  • 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.

 

Colonial Texts on Tangier, 1661-1684
(Routledge 2016; Ashgate 2015), ISBN: 9781472457882

Description:

This critical edition presents a remarkable collection of 18 Restoration pamphlets dealing with the English occupation of Tangier. In an extensive original introduction, Karim Bejjit narrates the various stages of the colonial venture in Tangier, and critically analyses both the British historiography and current scholarship on the subject. He provides an alternative reading of the Tangier episode, emphasising the Moroccan point of view and the significance of the local political agency. At the same time, as the author argues in the introduction, so intertwined were the affairs of the colony and the home country in 1680 that the political crisis which was then unfolding in England cannot be fully explained without acknowledging the impact of dramatic developments in Tangier. Despite their generic diversity, the pamphlets in this collection share a common interest in the affairs of Tangier, and reflect the changing circumstances and shifting politics at home and in the colony. In bringing together these long forgotten narratives, this edition revives critical interest in the colonial adventure in Tangier which had considerable influence on the political scene in England. Read collectively, the texts offer a genuine glimpse into the colonial scene and the interplay of forces which governed English presence in Tangier.

 

Reviews: 

“The volume is well structured and written, and makes enjoyable reading. As Bejjit himself asserts in his Preface: ‘Read collectively, these texts offer a genuine glimpse into the colonial scene and the interplay of forces which governed the English presence in Tangier.’” – Rickie Lette, Paregon

“In assembling a diverse collection of printed primary sources, as well as a selection of Anglo-Moroccan diplomatic correspondence, and offering the reader a new context in which to read them, Karim Bejjit helps to recover the significance of England’s colonisation of Tangier for the histories both of Morocco and of Restoration England.” – Tristan Stein, The English Historical Review.

“Bejjit does make an important contribution by turning to Moroccan archives and the perspectives of Moroccan historians. In this way, Bejjit is able to produce an excellent overview of the various Moroccan leaders with whom the English had to contend, and he “illustrates the dynamics of resistance which animated Moroccan warriors and guided their efforts to liberate the town” – Adam R. Beach, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.

Teaching

(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

 

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