Language, Gender, and Power in Morocco

  • Fatima Sadiqi


This chapter considers the complex interaction between language, gender, and power centers, especially religion and politics, in Morocco. The argument I make is that languages in Morocco are tied to the social positions of women in relation to power centers, that women are learning the power of language, and that they, according to their differentiated resources, manipulate it to their advantage. My main emphasis is on (i) the origins of multilingualism in Morocco, which stems from its religio-political history; and, as a result, (ii) women’s strategies and possible gains. On the basis of this argument and emphasis, I seek to highlight the fact that in Morocco language dynamics impact the triangle of women-religion-politics in significant ways.


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