Encyclopedia of Diasporas

2005 Edition
| Editors: Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

Tuareg Diaspora

  • Susan J. Rasmussen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-29904-4_30

Orientation and Overview of the Culture

Alternative Names

Other names for the Tuareg are Kel Tamajaq (“People who speak Tamajaq”), Kel Tagelmust (“People of the Veil”), Targui, Touareg, and names of regional groups, for example, Kel Adar and Kel Air, referring, respectively, to people of the Adar region in northern Mali and people of the Air region in northern Niger; and names of the pre-colonial social strata, for example, imajeghen, designating the aristocracy, inaden (smith-artisans), and imghad or Kel Ulli (tributaries).

Location, Linguistic Affiliation, and Demographics

Most Tuareg today live in the Saharan and Sahelian regions of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Algeria, and Libya. Many have migrated south of their original desert home region to escape from drought and war. They are cultural and ethnic minorities in all the nations where they reside. They speak various dialects of Tamajaq, a language in the Berber group in the Afro-Asiatic language family. Estimated population is...


Labor Migration Armed Conflict Refugee Camp Home Region French Colonial 
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