Patricia M. E. Lorcin is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is author of Imperial Identities: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Race in Colonial Algeria (London, 1995), editor of Algeria and France, 1800-2000: Identity, Memory, Nostalgia (Syracuse, NY, 2006), and coeditor, with Hafid Gafaiti and David Troyansky, of Migrances, diasporas et transculturalités francophones: Littératures et cultures d'Afrique, des Caraïbes, d'Europe et du Québec (Paris, 2005). She has published numerous articles on French colonialism in North Africa as well.
Paula Sanders is associate professor of history at Rice University. She is author of Ritual, Politics, and the City in Fatimid Cairo (Albany, NY, 1994) and has published articles on a variety of topics in medieval Islamic history, as well as on the restoration of Islamic architecture in Cairo in the nineteenth century.