Tuareg slaves were mostly of Sub-Saharan African descent (Nilo-Saharan or Niger-Congo ethno-linguistic origins) and were abducted during raids. The name ikelan itself means "to be black," a reference to the majority of slaves. However, some masters would take advantage of the chaos caused by this conflict method and free their slaves.
After the end of slavery, many Tuaregs became nomads again; some still do today. But many others settled down and began farming or working as merchants. Today, many people of mixed race known as Ikelans live among the Tuareg. They retain some Tuareg customs but follow Islam more closely than their parents' generation did.
Almost all Tuareg are Muslims, although few details about their religion other than its fundamental nature are known. It is believed that some form of Islamic law existed among the Tuareg before it came under the influence of Arab scholars. However, little evidence of this practice remains today.
The first Europeans to visit the region were French explorers who arrived in Algeria in 1638. In 1872, France annexed most of western Africa, including present-day Mali. The new territory was named French West Africa and was led by a series of governors called sous-préfets.
The word Tuareg is derived from the Targi (people of the Targa), a Libyan area where they reside. The Tuaregs are also known as the "Blue People" and the "People of the Veil."
They live mainly in Mali, Niger, and Algeria. However, there are also small groups in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia.
Their culture is based on Islam but also includes elements of African spirituality and traditional beliefs.
The men usually wear blue cotton robes with red trim while the women wear black or white robes. Both men and women often cover their heads with a black cloth called a "touba".
Tuaregs used to be part of an independent kingdom until they were conquered by soldiers from Morocco who helped them gain independence again. Today, many people are unaware that the Tuareg even exist because they have no country or territory of their own. They only have temporary camps where they live during the season when they go hunting or fishing.
However, even though they are not a stable group, there is no reason to fear them. They are friendly towards outsiders as long as you don't attack them first. Also, their caravans are very important for the economy of many countries so there is nothing to worry about if you meet one.
Profile. The Tuareg are semi-nomadic herders and traders who live in Northern Mali and its neighboring countries of Niger (see the Tuareg in Niger section), Burkina Faso, Algeria, and Libya. They are derived from North African Berbers and speak a Berber language called Tamasheq, referring to themselves as Kel Tamasheq.
The Tuareg number about 500,000 people and are divided into three main groups: the Tawaghit, or free men; the Masmoullahs, or religious leaders; and the Hassaniya, or farmers. The Tawaghit Tuareg live primarily in Mali, while the Masmoullahs reside in Niger and Burkina Faso, and the Hassaniya occupy areas in northern Mali and southern Algeria near the border with Libya.
The Tuareg have their own government based in Mali's capital city of Bamako. It is made up of six departments and has its own police force. In addition, there is a committee that deals with issues related to indigenous peoples which includes representatives from various tribes. This group develops policy for the government on issues such as education, health, and security while also acting as an advisory body.
The Tuareg have their own culture which includes singing, dancing, wearing clothes made from animal skins, and living in tents when they go on hunting trips or trade journeys.
The Tuareg are a nomadic tribe that dwell in the Sahara Desert, including the North African nations of Mali, Niger, Libya, Algeria, and Chad. Tuaregs are a Berber people that are mostly Muslim. They speak the Tamashek language.
The Tuareg were one of the most powerful tribes in West Africa until they were defeated by another Berber tribe, the Moors, in 980 A.D. The Moors conquered all of northern Africa including Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Today, there are only about 500,000 Tuaregs left out of an original population of 20 million Berbers.
The Tuareg people have survived by trading with other countries for weapons and supplies and by kidnapping travelers who come to their region looking for gold, slaves, and salt. In addition, some Tuaregs have become bandits who raid towns for food and money.
There are two main groups among the Tuareg people: the Tamaulipas and the Zuara. The Tamaulipas are found mainly in Mexico but also live in United States while the Zuara are only found in Northern Africa.
Both groups are made up of sub-tribes or clans that often go back hundreds of years.
The Tuaregs are similar to the Middle Eastern Kurds. Both groups are made up of many different tribes or clans that go back hundreds of years.
Like the Kurds, the Tuaregs were invaded by larger countries until they had no other choice but to fight for their freedom. In the late 1800s, several factions within the Tuareg community began fighting each other for control, which led to another invasion by yet another larger country - France. The French government wanted to make use of the Tuareg's military skills because they were very effective at war. They trained them to use guns like the French did and also taught them strategy so they could defend themselves against other tribes.
After some time, the French lost interest in using the Tuaregs as soldiers and abandoned them on their own land. Other countries have also tried to invade or do business with the Tuaregs, but they have always managed to keep themselves free. Today, the Tuareg population is about 600,000 people. They live primarily in northern Mali and Niger. There are also small numbers of Tuaregs in Libya, Algeria, and Chad.