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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 4, 2016
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Dr. Abderrahman Beggar (photo: Ph Matsas / Opale)

Dr. Abderrahman Beggar

Professor; Arabic Studies (Coordinator), Mediterranean Civilization and Culture, Muslim Studies

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2839
Fax: 519-884-7369
Office Location: BA421
Office Hours: Monday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm or by appointment


PhD and MA, University of Paris-Sorbonne, France.

BEd, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

BA, University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, Morocco.

Higher Diplomatic Studies Diploma, The Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales, France.

Diplomatic Protocol Diploma, Académie diplomatique internationale, France


Abderrahman Beggar authored eight books. The latest one is Histoire et mémoire bouraouiennes, Toronto: York University, The Canada-Mediterranean Centre, "Moisaic. Essays" series, 2016. He also edited  a volume on Hédi Bouraoui et l'écriture pluriculturelle (Review of the Centre of the Studies on Arts and Literatures of North Africa, Skidmore College). Some of his works were translated into Arabic, English and Spanish. He signed dozens of articles (refereed and non-refereed) as well as chapters in books, and book reviews.

Beggar’s works have been praised by critiques worldwide: "As much as Humboldt did not prevent us from discovering German travelers [...], Ibn Battuta [a seminal figure in Arab travel literature] did not overshadow [...] a present-day wayfarer like Abderrahman Beggar" (S. Ghouati, Vice President, VI Humboldt-Ibn Battuta International Conference); “Beggar elaborated his own theory on the Self and the Other” (E. Oktapoda, Paris-Sorbonne University); “the essay by Beggar must be read by anyone interested in the discourse of identity, alterity and migrancy” (S. Konate, University of Cocody at Abidjan); “a bedtime reading” (N. D’Ambrosio, University of Bari); “to be read more than once” (R. Darragi, University of Tunis); “a passionate love for Latin America […], an original perspective far from the usual stereotypical references” (S. Etouil, Ibn Zohr University); “a remarkably dense essay” (C. T. Hahn, Lake Forest College); "Beggar opens new venues in research in the domain of transcultural writings" (D. D. Fischer, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill); "This book [...] will be of great interest not just to scholars of this migrant 'iconoclast' [Bouraoui] but also to those interested in world-literature and the ethics of artistic creation (T. Agar, University of Auckland); "In this great essay [...] Beggar affirms the absolute necessity for the mind to go beyond the usual philosophical concepts." (F. Hebbadj, Mediapart)  “a fine storyteller“ (S. Jay, Franco-Moroccan author).

Numerous reviews and critics of Beggar’s work were published in popular media as well as in academic journals such as: Voix Plurielles. Journal of the Association of Professors of French at Canadian Universities and Colleges; University of Toronto Quarterly; New Zealand Journal of French Studies; Revista de critica literaria latinoamericana; International Journal of Francophone Studies; Points. Langues, literatures, civilisations des pays francophones; Research in African literatures; Postcolonial Text; Symposium: a quarterly journal in Modern Literature; Studi canadense; Peace Review; Dialogues francophones; Third World Review; Contemporary Sociology; The Americas; Ivorian Journal of Comparative Studies; and Philologia.

Beggar’s interests are: comparative literature (Arab, Francophone, and Hispanic), Latin American contemporary societies, and journalistic discourse.