Tuareg, Arabized in Niger

Tuareg, Arabized
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People Name: Tuareg, Arabized
Country: Niger
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 16,000
World Population: 16,000
Primary Language: Arabic, Algerian Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Tuareg
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Arabized Tuareg are those who have adopted the Arabic language as their own. At least to this extent, they have become a part of Arab culture. Before French colonization, the Tuareg were organized into loose confederations, each consisting of a dozen or so tribes. Following the independence of African countries in the 1960s, Tuareg territory was artificially divided between modern nations: Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya, and Burkina Faso.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tuareg are a nomadic people, occupying large areas of the Sahel Desert. Each Tuareg clan is made up of several family groups, led by their collective chief. In Tuareg society women do not traditionally wear the veil, whereas men do. The veil is often blue in color, and it can stain their skin. Tuareg women have great freedom and participate in family and tribal decisions.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tuareg tribes have strong tribal identity, and Islam is part of that self-identification. It will be difficult for Christ's ambassadors to show them the way to the cross without them feeling like following Christ would mean losing their identity as a people.

What Are Their Needs?

The Arabized Tuareg people need peace in their land. They also need adequate medical care. This is hard for any nomadic people to obtain.

Prayer Points

Pray that Holy Spirit-anointed African believers will be burdened to carry the message of Christ to the Tuareg tribes.
Pray that tribal animosities will give way to peace among the Tuareg people in Niger.
Pray that the Arabized Tuareg people in Niger will have a desire to know Jesus, the only Savior of humanity.
Pray Christ will reveal himself to the Arabized Tuareg people.

Text Source:   Joshua Project