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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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Morocco World News

Morocco World News
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:19:37 -0700

After consuming numerous adaptations from the Western theatre, he inaugurated a new approach to theatre making in Morocco.”[5] Indeed, his play diwan sidi abderahman almejdoub exemplifies the first festive theatrical enterprise in post-colonial Morocco.

PezCycling News

PezCycling News
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 05:21:57 -0700

Some of the more important victories in the road races were highlighted by Peter Sagan, from the Sidi Cannondale Pro Cycling juggernaut, who reaffirmed himself as the Slovak national champion. Sidi also scored victories in France with Arnaud Demare ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

Slate Magazine (blog)
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:30:00 -0700

Star Wars fans who need a fix while awaiting the J.J. Abrams installment of their beloved franchise have the option of takng a trip to Tunisia and staying in Luke Skywalker's childhood home. Hotel Sidi Driss, located in the small Berber village of ...

Bicycle Retailer

Bicycle Retailer
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:15 -0700

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Sidi has released a new locking Presta-valve pump head. The U.S.-made chuck will retail for $110 and was inspired by the Japanese-made chucks used by some pro mechanics. The Hiro pump head is made of stainless steel, with ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:30:00 -0700

Tunis — Eight members belonging to the banned Ansar al-Sharia group were arrested in Sidi Bouzid, the Interior Ministry said, on Thursday, in a news release. Police and National Guard units arrested, on Thursday, eight suspects and seized a large sum ...

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magharebia.com
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:26:12 -0700

Tunisian police on Thursday (July 10th) used tear gas and fired warning shots to disperse Ansar al-Sharia extremists in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisie Numerique reported. The members of the banned organisation had gathered at the police headquarters to demand ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:06:36 -0700

Perhaps it helps that choreographers such as Akram Khan, Crystal Pite and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui are unencumbered by the gender role assumptions from which classicists and neo-classicists seem unable to divorce themselves. pure Guro Hagelhus Schia ...

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Ahram Online
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:15:00 -0700

The 163 defendants are accused of killing 29 persons and the attempted murder of another three citizens in Alexandria on 16 August 2013 in what is known in the media as the Sidi Gaber massacre. At least 60 people died in the Alexandria clashes, as part ...
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