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Fatima Sadiqi

Fatima Sadiqi is Visiting Professor 2016 of the Network Gender Studies Switzerland at the Universities of Zurich and Basel.

Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies (University of Fez, Morocco); her work focuses on women’s issues in modern North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. She is author and editor of numerous volumes and journal issues, including Women, Gender and Language (Brill 2013), Women’s Activism and the Public Sphere: Local/Global Linkages (Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 2006), Women and Knowledge in the Mediterranean (Routledge 2013), Moroccan Feminist Discourses (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and Women’s Movements in the Post-“Arab Spring” North Africa (2016). Fatima Sadiqi is also a public speaker in many languages and a member of many national and international scholarly and policy-making boards. Currently Professor Sadiqi is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center (2015-2016) and her upcoming book will focus on “ISIS Ideology and the Legal Rights of Women in the Maghrib.” In addition to publications, Fatima Sadiqi taught at Harvard and Pomona College in the US, she is also a public speaker and a former Director General of the Fez Festival of Sacred Music.


19.09.2016: Women‘s Movement in the Post-“Arab Spring“ North Africa, Public Lecture, University of Basel,

18.10.2016: Féminisme, société civile, et démocratie au Maroc, Conférence, Université de Lausanne,

25.11.2016:  Women‘s Movement in the Post-“Arab Spring“ North Africa, Public Lecture, University of Berne,


Current Courses at the University of Zurich:

Debates on Gender and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa

Universalisms and Particularisms in Women's Human Rights 

Main Publications

Daesh Ideology and Women’s Legal Rights in the Maghrib. (to appear in 2017. Cambridge University Press).
Moroccan Feminist Discourses. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2014.
Women, Gender, and Language in Morocco. Brill Academic Publishers, 2003.(Second printing 2009).Largely acclaimed as the first international book on Language and Gender in the MENA region. Reviewed for various international and refereed journals such as  Gender and language, International Sociology, Journal of Pragmatics, and International Journal of Middle East Studies.
Images of Women in Abdullah Bashrahil’s Poetry. Arab Institute for Research and Publishing, Beirut, 2004.
Grammaire du Berbère.Paris: L’Harmattan, 1997. (First grammar of its kind by a native speaker of the language.)
Studies in Berber Syntax. Germany: Königshaussen and Neumann, 1986.



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