Visiting Professor 2016: Dr. Fatima Sadiqi

Fatima Sadiqi

Prof. Dr. Fatima Sadiqi
Visiting Professor Gender Studies (Fall Semester 2016)
Tel.: +41 44 634 62 91

  • Rämistrasse 59, 3. Stock, Raum RAA-H-14

Academic Biography

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.

Current Courses at UZH

Debates on Gender and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa 23.9., 21./22.10., 25./26.11.
Universalisms and Particularisms in Women's Human Rights Mon 14:00–18:00, every 2–3 weeks, 26.9. until 5.12.

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.



Migration and Gender in Morocco(with Moha Ennaji).Trenton: Red Sea Press, 2008.

A Grammar of Berber (with Moha Ennaji). Mohammédia: Imprimerie Fédala, 2004.

Manual For  Teaching Berber (with Moha Ennaji). Casablanca: Foundation BMCE, 2004.

Applications of Modern Linguistics (with Moha Ennaji). Casablanca: Afrique Orient, 1994.

Introduction to Modern Linguistics (with Moha Ennaji).Casablanca: Afrique Orient, 1992.First textbook of linguistics by authors from the MENA region.



Women and Extremism in Morocco. 2016. Fez: Zivik and INLAC Publications.

The Escalation of Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls in the MENA Region. 2016. Rabat: Konrad Publications.

Women’s Movements in the Post-“Arab Spring” North AfricaEditor.2016. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Morrocan Feminisms.2016.Co-editor with Moha Ennaji and Karen Vintges. (Trenton: Red Sea Press). 

Women and Knowledge in the Mediterranean.Editor (London: Routledge, 2013).

Des Femmes Ecrivent L’Afrique. Co-editor with Amira Nowaira, Azza El Khouly and Moha Ennaji (Paris: Karthala, 2013).

Femmes et Médias dans la Région Méditerranéenne. Editor (Fez: Imprimerie Imagerie Pub Neon, 2012).

Gender and Violence in the Middle East. Co-editor with Moha Ennaji, and Contributor(London, Routledge, 2011).

Women in the Middle East and North Africa. Agents of Change. Co-editor with Moha Ennaji, and Contributor (London: Routledge, 2010).

Femmes Marginalisées et Insertion Sociale. Editor and Contributor (Fez: Imprimerie Pub Neon, 2010).

Women Writing Africa. The Northern Region. Co-editor with Amira Nouaira, Azza El Khouly, Moha Ennaji, and Contributor (New York: The Feminist Press, 2009). The French version of this anthology was published by Karthala (Paris) in 2013.

Femmes et Education dans la Région Méditerranéenne.Co-editor withMoha Ennaji, and Contributor (Fez: Imprimerie Sipama, 2007).

Women’s Activism and the Public Sphere: Local/Global Linkages. Special Issue. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. Co-editor with Valentine Moghaddam, and Contributor, vol. 2, no 2.(Spring2006).

Femmes Méditerranéenneset LeursDroits.Editor and Contributor (Mohammédia :Imprimerie Fédala, 2006).

Femmes et Développement. Editor and Contributor (Rabat : Publications of Tarik Ibn Zyad, 2006).

Femmes Méditerranéennes. Editor and Contributor (Mohammédia : Imprimerie Fédala, 2004).

Language and Gender in the Arab World. Special Issue.Languages and Linguistics. Co-Editor with Margot Badran and Linda Rachidi, and Contributor (Mohammédia: Imprimerie Fédala, 2002).

Language Studies. Special Issue. Languages and Linguistics.Editor and Contributor (Mohammédia: Imprimerie Fédala, 2002).

Feminist Movements: Origins and Orientations. Editor and Contributor (Fez: Publications de l’Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Fez, 2000).

Linguistic Aspects. Special Issue.Languages and Linguistics.Editor and Contributor (Mohammédia: Imprimerie Fédala, 1999).



*”Women’s Role in the Arabic Sciences of Language (Arabic linguistics)” (To Appear in 2017.The Encyclopedia of Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

*”A Genesis of Gender and Women’s Studies in Morocco” (2016).In Rita Stephan, and Mounira Charrad (Eds.) 2016.Women Rising. New York : New York University Press.

*”The Moroccan Feminist Movement (1946-2014) (2016).In Balghis Badri and Aili Tripp. (eds) 2016. Women Mobilizing in Contemporary Africa. London: Zed Press.

*”Emerging Amazigh Feminist Nongovernmental NGOs” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. 2016. 12(1): 122-125.

*”Feminization of Authority in Morocco”. (2015). In Gender, Power, Democracy, edited by Mino Vianello and Mary Hawkesworth.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

*”Women’s Organizing in Morocco in Light of A Post-Arab Spring Moment and an Islamist Government” (2015). In Zeina Zaatari (ed.) Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Supplement XI. Political-Social Movements: Community Based. Leiden : Brill Academic Publishers.

*”The Center: A New Post-Arab Spring Space for Women’s Rights” (2016).In Women’s Movements in the Post-“Arab Spring” North Africa. Edited by Fatima Sadiqi. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

*“The Marginalization of Moroccan Women in Society and the Media” (2015).In Ennaji, M. ed. Minorities and Women in North Africa. Trenton: The Red Sea Press).

*“Berber and Language Politics in the Moroccan Educational System” (2014), in Moha Ennaji (ed) Multiculturalism and Democracy in North Africa. London: Routledge.

*“The Potential Within: Progressive Ijtihad in the Practice Moroccan Judges’ Adjucations on Shiqaq (discord) Divorce” (2013), in Elisa Ada Giunchi (ed) Adjucating Family Law in Muslim Courts. London: Routledge.

*“Women’s NGOs and the Struggle for Democracy in Morocco” (2013), in Galia Golan and Walid Salem (eds) Non-State Actors in the Middle East. Factors for Peace and Democracy. London: Routledge.

*”Women and Islam in Morocco” (2013), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. Oxford University Press.


*“Oral Knowledge in Berber Women’s Expressions of the Sacred” (2012). Karl, P. Rath, Sura P. And Wangugi; M. Journal of Contemporary Thought. Global South Cultural Dialogue Project. Denton: Forum on Contemporary Theory and Louisiana State University.

*“Domestic Violence in the African North.” In  Al-Raida. A quarterly journal published by the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW). December 2011.

*“The Teaching of Amazigh(Berber) in Morocco.”Pp. 33-44 in Joshua Fishman and Ofelia Garcia (eds), Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity, Volume 2: The Success-Failure Continuum in Language and Ethnic Identity Efforts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

*“Women and the Violence of Stereotypes.” In Moha Ennaji and Fatima Sadiqi (eds.), Gender and Violence in the Middle East (London, Routledge, 2011).

Media Activities

“Gender Equity and Islam.”Interviewed by SantorriChamley.New African Magazine.June Issue, 2011.

“Le FolEspoir des Berbères.”Part of a group of interviewees.Le Point Magazine. June 2, 2011.

“La Méthode de Freedom House.” Jeune Afrique.March 23, 2010. Interview.

“Morocco: Women’s Rights.”. CNN documentary and interview.New York, June 30, 2009.

”Feminine Echos.”(In Arabic).Radio Médi 1. January 9, 2009.

”Family Law Changes in Morocco.” Interview.Everywoman Program.Al Jazeera International. Doha (Qatar), March 7, 2008.

”How I became a Leading Voice for Moroccan Women.”Interviewed by Saundra Satterlee for the Guardian Weekly.London, January 4, 2008.

”Women’s Words.A Moroccan Scholar-Activist Links Language and Power.”Interviewed by Aimee Dowl. Ms Magazine. Summer Issue, 2007.

Amazigh TV debate: discussion about Amazigh (Berber) Culture and Politics. March 2007.

Radio debate: Islam and Feminism (with Amina Wadud from the US and Ziba Mir-Husseini from England). Amsterdam, May 19, 2005.

International Media Articles

"The Islamic State’s Problem With Women". Project Syndicate, September 8, 2016.

“Gender at the Heart of the New Moroccan Constitution.”Article written for the Common Ground News. This article has been translated into several languages. September 6, 2011.

“North African Women at the Forefront of Legal Reform.”Article written for the Common Ground News. This article has been translated into several languages. November 10, 2010.

”Morocco’s Veiled Feminists.”Article written for the Project Syndicate. This article has been translated into several languages. May 25, 2006.