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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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Variety

Variety
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:23:30 -0700

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AllAfrica.com
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:48:34 -0700

Tunis, — The weapons and ammunition seized, Thursday, by security forces in Sidi Bouzid were put on display Friday at El Aouina barracks. Spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior Mohamed Ali Laroui said the seized arsenal consists of five assault ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:05:25 -0700

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:23:17 -0700

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Medafrica Times
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 04:26:15 -0700

ThumbImage.ashx The Mauritanian Minister of Economic Affairs and Development, Sidi Ould Tah was elected on the 7th April as General Director of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), replacing the Algerian Abdel Aziz Khelef.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:09:35 -0700

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:02:15 -0700

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Reuters Africa
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:03:45 -0700

CAIRO, March 29 (Reuters) - Shareholders at Egypt's Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals have approved a dividend of 1.65 Egyptian pounds ($0.22) per share on its 2014 earnings, with distribution in two instalments, the company said on Sunday. Sidi Kerir posted ...
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