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This article is about the Arabic honorific. For the community of African descendants in India and Pakistan, see Siddi. For other uses, see Sidi (disambiguation).

Sidi is a masculine title of respect, meaning "my master" in Western Arabic language and Egyptian Arabic (sayyid in other dialects) equivalent to modern popular usage of the English Mr.. It is also used in other Arabic dialects, such as Eastern Arabic, as well as by Muslims of the Indian subcontinent in the Urdu language; however, in these latter two cases, "Sidi" does not have so much currency as titles like sayed, janab or saheb.

Occasionally a respected member of a Muslim society will be given the title Sidi by default in recognition of upright standing and wisdom. This especially applies to marabouts, hence the term appears in places and mosques named after one.

In the Maghrebi kingdom of Morocco:

  • Sidi ('Lord'): the title used as a substitute for Mulay by those male members of the ruling Alawi dynasty sharing the first name of the Muslim Prophet, Muhammad
  • Smiyet Sidi: a style usually reserved for the Sovereign or the Heir Apparent, loosely, but imperfectly, translated as 'His Lordship' or 'Monseigneur'

In neighbouring Tunisian Arabic, it has evolved into two separate variants: "Si" means Mister or Sir, while "Sidi" means "Master" or "Saint", depending on the context. For example older conservative Tunisian women call their husbands "Sidi", not by first name; older conservative Tunisians (both men and women) call their older brothers "Sidi", especially when there is a large age difference between them. There are two female equivalents of "Sidi": "Lella", a word of Amazigh origin, when used in a social context, and "Sayyeda" when speaking about female saints, for example "(Es)-Sayyeda El-Manoubiyya".

In the Hijaz region of Saudi Arabia, the word sidi is used as an honorific when addressing an older brother by many of the more traditional families.

The term was also used by Arabized Spanish, Portuguese and Berbers in Mozarabic-speaking Moorish Spain (cf. El Cid).

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounced the Mauritanian security bodies for keeping Salafi detainee "Sidi Ould Dah Moulay Ely" in prison, although he finished out his prison term three days ago. The prison ...
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:22:30 -0700

Tunis — Eight terrorists who were spotting targets for attacks (sites to be attacked and persons to kill) were arrested in Sidi Bouzid, the Ministry of the Interior said on Friday. According to a ministry press release," these suspects are also ...
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Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:22:30 -0700

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Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:56:15 -0700

Tunis — The National Guard Units arrested 12 terrorists and seized a "Kalachnikov" assault rifle and three chargers, the Interior Ministry announced, in a statement released public Tuesday evening. These arrests are part of the Sidi Bouzid terrorist ...
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:41:15 -0700

Sidi Bouzid, — The regional section of the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections (ISIE) in Sidi Bouzid received a total of 67 electoral lists for the legislative elections, President of the Sidi Bouzid section Boujemaa Michi told TAP ...


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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:41:15 -0700

Toujours à proximité des animateurs, il a dû finalement laisser partir Sidi Bouknadel sur le plat. Son pilote était cependant satisfait de sa performance : « Sa rentrée est très bonne. Il a toujours été serein. Le Grand Steeple 2015 sera son principal ...

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:02:29 -0700

Une quantité importante de poissons morts est remontée à la surface de la rivière de la Soummam au niveau de la localité de Sidi Aïch, en fin de journée de samedi dernier. La nouvelle a vite fait le tour de la ville et des villages avoisinants en ...
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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:56:13 -0700

Zahabi Ould Sidi Mohamed : Nous avons fait de grandes avancées par rapport aux différentes questions. C'est vrai que ça avance lentement mais un processus de paix, c'est souvent le cas. On discute à fond de toutes les questions et les points de vue ...

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