Qaḍi Qaddour

Feb 19, 2019 by

Dr. Qaḍi Qaddour is a descendant of the tribe of Ait Siddal, where he was born in 1952. He is considered one of the most prominent symbols of the RIF region. He is also a symbol of the Amazigh movement and its early pioneers. He died on September 15, 1995, following a tragic traffic accident that still raises more than one question.

From the title above, you get the impression that he is still alive. Of course he is always alive in our memories even if Kaddour Cadi passed away on 15 September 1995 in a tragic car accident. His death came as a shock to both those who knew him in person and those who knew him through his work. To those who have never heard of him before today, Kaddour Cadi was a professor of French and Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Fes (Morocco) and has always been active in the Tamazight area. In Morocco where the teaching of Tamazight is still not permitted in any school or university, professors such as Kaddour Cadi managed to carry out research in Amazigh studies with many of their graduate students. Professor Cadi has published about twenty articles on Tamazight, some of which were presented at international conferences, and has written a book on Rifian verbal system.

A founder of the “Linguistic Studies” research group at the University of Fes, Professor Cadi was a paragon of dedication to the promotion of the Amazigh language and culture in North Africa and Europe. In addition to his academic work and presentations in professional meetings, a two-month invitation to the Netherlands [hosted by the Department of General Linguistics of the University of Amsterdam] allowed him to give a series of conferences and interviews. During his stay, he elaborated a number of projects [in collaboration with the Ministry of Education] to implement the teaching of Tamazight in that country.

Qadi Qaddour was keen to combine his academic work with his collective activism in the same spirit of devotion and selflessness. The choice of the deceased to research and study in the field of linguistics was not coincidental, as was the conviction and awareness of the need to pay attention to humanities in general and linguistics in particular, as a science that helps to develop multidimensional research in Amazigh language and culture and to uncover the components of a multi-component national identity.

The same care and concern that made him engage in the seventies among the Amazigh associative activity, whether in France as a student or in Morocco as a university professor. He was strongly convinced that the development and integration of the Amazigh language into the vital areas of the nation must be accompanied by hard work to raise the self-awareness of the Amazigh in particular and struggle for its crystallization, based on the belief that the Amazigh issue is a national issue that concern everyone without exception.

In the same spirit of struggle, he founded the Association of Cultural Initiation in Nador in late January 1978. This communal space was the first Amazigh struggle body in the Rif region. Its members contributed to the development of the national culture with its Amazigh roots, opening up to the world culture and seeking to develop the Amazigh culture and heritage, Through spreading awareness of the need to take care of it and give it a proper place in the national cultural fabric.

Although Professor Cadi has left us, his work and words will remain an invaluable source of knowledge and inspiration. He will always be cherished in our hearts. As an homage to his significant scholarly contributions, committment, and devotion to the advancement of Tamazight.

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