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Dr. Abdellatif Attafi

Professor of French

Address: JC Long 416
Office Hours: TR 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.5706

Dr. Abdellatif Attafi (Douieb El Attafi) was born in Tangier, Morocco. He is a professor of French who received his Ph.D. at the University of Lille, France, with a specialization in Educational Science. Dr. Attafi has been at the College of Charleston since 1988 and is the director of the summer program in Morocco ( Dr. Attafi served on the executive board of the Conseil International des Etudes Francophones (CIEF). His favorite author is Ben Jelloun Tahar and his research interests include North African Literature, Education, and the use of technology in teaching. He enjoys writing in his spare time.


Universite de Lille, France

Research Interests

Francophone Literature


Currents Issues in France

Currents Issues in Morocco

Creative writing

Courses Taught

Beginning French

Intermediate French

French Composition and Conversation

Advanced French Culture

Literature of the Maghreb in French

Francophone and French Colonialism

French mass-media in teaching

Currents Issues in France

Currents Issues in Morocco

Arabic literature in translation

Honors and Awards

Initiated a CofC summer program in Tangier, Morocco, which he co-directs since 2003

Named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers – March 2002

Selected as the Project Director of the College of Charleston European Campus in Annot, France, 2000-2002

Elected member au conseil d'administration du CIEF, June 1995 to June 2000

Sponsored by "Le service culturel de l'ambassade de France au Maroc" for the publication of Le rocher perdu by EDDIF, Casablanca, 1996

Co-Président of the "Comité d'Honneur du CIEF", Charleston, June 1995

Selected for the innovations in instruction by the Lowcountry Educators' Cooperative, January 1994

Received "Nouvelle Thèse de Doctorat" from the Université de Lille I on October 12, 1989, with honors


Refereed Journals

“Résilience, foi, exil et création dans Léon l’Africain d’Amin Maalouf’ MIFLIC Review, (Fall 2015), Volume 17: 55-68. 

“Les pratiques de mendicité et le genre picaresque dans Le Seigneur vous le rendra de Mahi Binebine”, Mahi Binebine, L’Harmattan, (2016): 235-252. 

"Les pratiques de mendicité et le genre picaresque dans Le Seigneur vous le rendra de Mahi Binebine”,  Cincinnati Romance Review, Volume 39 (Fall 2015):16-26  (Author)

Contradictions entre conduites et projets: La femme soumise ou émancipée dans Les yeux baissés de Tahar Ben Jelloun in the fifth issue of LEF-E, June 2014,  (Author)

Journal of arts and humanities. Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2012
“Francophones Courses in United States Colleges and Universities” (Author)

Nouvelles Études Francophones.  Vol. 27, No.1, Spring 2012
“Le soufisme dans Cette aveuglante absence de lumière de Tahar Ben Jelloun” (Author)

Etudes francophones. Vol. XII, NO.1, Spring 1997
"L'identitée fragmentée dans La prière de l'absent" (Author)

Journal of Maghrebi Studies. Vol. II, NO1, 1994
"Ecriture Double dans La Nuit Sacrée de Tahar Ben Jelloun" (Author)

Canadien Journal of Development Studies.  Vol. XV, NO1, 1994: 89-100
"L'exode des cerveaux: cadre théorique et hypothèses" (Author)

Revue Francophone de Louisiane.  Vol. VII, No.1, 1992
“Analyse socio-thématique de Moha le fou Moha le sage de Ben Jelloun” (Author)

International Review of Education.  Vol.36, No.4, 1990
“Etudes de retour/non-retour des étudiants marocains en France” (Author)

Revue Française de Pédagogie.  No.79 avr, mai, juin, 1987
“De quelques usages pédagogiques des Sciences de l’éducation” (Co-author)

Book-length Publications

Author of Tanger à la croisée des Vents, Editions Publibook, Société des Ecrivains, Paris, France, 2009, ISBN 978-2-7480-4224-5, 200 pages

Author of Greffe de Rêves, Editions Sansonnet, Lille, France, 2001, ISBN 2-914505-06X, 140 pages

Author of Le Rocher Perdu, Editions Eddif, Casablanca, Maroc, 1996, ISBN 2-908801-85-X, 120 pages

Co-author, with Amélie Soul of Communiquez, Tavenner Publishing Co, USA 1996, ISBN 1-886855-64-1, 136 pages

Co-author, with Gérard Montbertrand of Le plaisir de Lire, Mc Graw-Hill, USA 1995, 141 pages, ISBN O-07-3177-0

Invited Contributions in Books

Author of “Ben Jelloun, Tahar,” Greenwood Press, Second Volume, Multicultural Authors After 1945: An A to Z Guide. Edited by Amoia, Alba and Knapp, Bettina L., 2004

Author of “Ibn Khaldun,” Greenwood Press, First Volume, Multicultural Authors from Antiquity to 1945, Spring 2002, ISBN GRO687 (article which appeared in book written by Amoia, Alba)

Secondary Publications

“Rif Wars” (Morocco): 1900 to Present: Africa. Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia and Africa.  An Encyclopedia.  Sage Publication, Inc., 2012

“Berbers”: Prehistory to 1400: Africa. Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia and Africa.  An Encyclopedia.  Sage Publication, Inc., 2012

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Poems “Confusion,” “Insomnia,” and “Move,” published in To Topos: An International Poetry Journal, Vol. 7, Spring 2005, Oregon State University

Co-author with Stacy Attafi of “Reunited with the rock” (English translation/excerpt from first novel, Le rocher perdu, Illuminations, Summer 1999