ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Fatima Sadiqi


FotoDepartment of Linguistics and Gender Studies,
Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco
E-Mail: sadiqi_fatima@yahoo.fr


Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies (University of Fez, Morocco); her work focuses on women's and gender issues in modern North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. In June 2018, she was elected President of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies – AMEWS. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Languages and Linguistics and The Journal of Feminist Research. She is also Editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Womens History. She is author of numerous books and articles published in refereed journals as well as book chapters. She also wrote Encyclopedia entries and co-translated a book from Arabic into English.

Current Main Research Interests

Her current recent research is a genealogical and socio-legal enquiry of gender ideology within Daesh and how it intersects, interlocks and interacts with gender relations and womens legal rights in NA. It focuses on the relationship between gender ideology and Daesh and offers an overview of gendered developments in NA post the Uprisings and in reaction to Daesh ideology.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Women's Movements in the Post-"Arab Spring" North Africa. Editor and Contributor. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Moroccan Feminist Discourses. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Women and Knowledge in the Mediterranean. Editor and Contributor. London: Routledge, 2013.
  • Women, Gender, and Language in Morocco. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2003. (Second printing: 2009).
  • The Center: A Theoretical Framework for Understanding Women's Rights in Pre- and Post-"Arab Spring North Africa". In Double-Edged Politics on Women's Rights in the MENA Region. Darhour, H. and Dahlrup, D. (eds). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.