Khalid Bekkaoui was born in Fez, Morocco. He obtained a PhD in British theatrical Orientalism in 1996. He is director of the Moroccan Cultural Studies Centre and professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Fez University. His academic publications include: White Women Captives in North Africa (2011), The British Bride of Tangier (2011), Imagining Morocco: An Anthology of Anglo-American Short Fiction (2008); and Signs of Spectacular Resistance: The Spanish Moor and British Orientalism (1998). He is currently completing a novel set in Victorian Gibraltar, tentatively entitled The Moor of Gibraltar.