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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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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:33:43 -0700

TREVISO, Italy (BRAIN) — Sidi Sport s.r.l. is has signed Saddleback Ltd. as the exclusive distributor of its cycling products in the United Kingdom and Ireland effective Sept. 1. "We couldn't be more excited to partner with Saddleback at such an ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Tunis — An inner cabinet meeting, which was held Thursday morning in Kasbah, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Habib Essid, discussed the issue of development in the region of Sidi Bouzid. A series of decisions for the governorate will be ...
 
African Manager
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:17:45 -0700

Speaking on Express Fm, Fathi Brahmi regional director of the Office of Livestock and pastures, said the annual production of milk in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid reached 140 million liters of which are more than 130 million collected, while the ...

L'Actualité du Burkina 24h/24

L'Actualité du Burkina 24h/24
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:38:45 -0700

A trois mois de la fin de la transition, le colonel Sidi Paré a été officiellement installé dans ses fonctions de ministre délégué à la sécurité par le secrétaire général du gouvernement, Alain Thierry Ouattara, ce mardi 28 juillet 2015. Le nouveau ...

Algérie Presse Service

Algérie Presse Service
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:17:50 -0700

TIARET - La Société de fabrication de matériel agricole (FAMAG) de Sidi Bel-Abbès a consacré 1,5 milliard de dinars au projet de réalisation d'une usine de montage de moissonneuses batteuses de marque indienne, a-t-on appris lundi à Tiaret de son ...

Al Huffington Post

Al Huffington Post
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:18:45 -0700

Un maître-nageur âgé de 26 ans s'est noyé dimanche à Sidi Fredj sur la côté ouest d'Alger. Le jeune secouriste a été emporté par les flots après avoir réussi à sauver de la noyade un baigneur imprudent, qui a bravé l'interdiction de baignade, le ...

The Cairo Post

The Cairo Post
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:43:55 -0700

The 13 workers, arrested in Sidi Barrany town of Matrouh, include 11 from Fayoum, one from Cairo and one from Giza. Meanwhile, 22 illegal migrants to Libya were injured Monday in a road accident took place between Sidi Barrany and Sallum. The group's ...
 
El Watan
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 06:11:19 -0700

... que les employés venaient reprendre leur travail ont retrouvé le receveur tapis à l'intérieur de la poste, pieds et points liés. L'alerte sera alors donnée et une enquête a été immédiatement diligentée par les services de police judiciaire de la ...
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