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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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AllAfrica.com
Wed, 20 May 2015 08:45:00 -0700

Taroudant (Morocco) — The Saharawi political prisoner, Bouamud Sidi, has started an open hunger strike in protest to the miserable conditions he experience inside the Moroccan Prison of Taroudant, said a source of the Ministry of Occupied Territories ...

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Thu, 21 May 2015 14:23:05 -0700

Idis Technologies Investments is based in Florida. The filler's business is Telecommunications. The form D was submitted by Freddy Sidi Director. The company was incorporated in 2010. The filler's address is: Main Street Ste 171, Road Town, Tortola, D8 ...

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Fri, 01 May 2015 07:03:03 -0700

One of the annual traditions of Cyclocross Magazine is reflecting back on a year filled with reviewing products and award those that struck us as the best of the best in the realms of cyclocross, gravel and cycling gear. Over the course of the next few ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Mon, 18 May 2015 06:52:30 -0700

Algiers — A dangerous terrorist was killed and a machine pistol recovered following an ambush Sunday a by a detachment of the People's National Army (ANP) near Mount Bou Yatas, province of Sidi Bel Abbes, the National Defence Ministry announced in a ...
 
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Mon, 11 May 2015 06:47:59 -0700

Sidi Bouzid, — The second edition of Popular Culture Days and the international meeting on heritage closed work on Sunday at the Boubaker Gammoudi cultural complex in Sidi Bouzid. Organised on Heritage Month, these meetings began on May 8, 2015 ...

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The Guardian
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0700

But for choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, it's something he always looks forward to. Next month, Cherkaoui reunites with former partner Damien Jalet to perform D'Avant, an unusual combination of contemporary dance theatre and music from the middle ...

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teleSUR English
Wed, 20 May 2015 06:52:30 -0700

During his imprisonment Sidi Bouamud has faced discrimination based on his Sahrawi ethnicity and has been denied access to medical care, according to activists. Sidi is one of a handful of high profile Sahrawi activists in Moroccan prisons. The Sahrawi ...

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Yahoo! Maktoob News
Sat, 23 May 2015 10:37:30 -0700

Lower Shabelle Governor Abdikadir Mohamed Sidi told Reuters at least 40 rebels died, alongside Colonel Dahir Shekaal, the commander of government forces in Awdigle. Al Shabaab and officials often given conflicting figures. In the attack in Mogadishu, ...
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