Navigating the Berber Culture/Islamic Feminism Intersection

Fatima Sadiqi

Abstract


This essay is an autobiographical journey through my intellectual career. It is a reflection on how my mother tongue Berber and my identity as a woman have impacted my career to the extent that they are interlocked in my research agenda. My Berber identity inspired my graduate theses and subsequent linguistics work, and my identity as a woman inspired my endeavors to help create the first Studies and Research on Women Center and the first graduate Gender Studies Program in my university. These two academic structures spearheaded the creation of similar centers and programs in Morocco and North Africa. The combination of my two identities is behind my introduction of the Language and Gender discipline in Morocco and North Africa and made of me a Berber feminist linguist.


Keywords


Berber; Amazigh; Linguistics; Islamic Feminism; Studies and Research on Women Center; Gender Studies Program; Language and Gender Unit

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