Tuareg


Tua·reg

noun \ˈtwä-ˌreg\
plural Tuareg or Tuaregs also Touareg or Touaregs

Definition of TUAREG

:  a member of a nomadic people of the central and western Sahara and along the middle Niger from Tombouctou to Nigeria

Variants of TUAREG

Tua·reg also Toua·reg \ˈtwä-ˌreg\

Origin of TUAREG

Arabic Tawāriq
First Known Use: 1821

Tuareg

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

A member of a nomadic Berber-speaking people of the southwestern Sahara in Africa. Their feudal, matrilineal culture divides society into nobles, clergy, vassals, artisans, and labourers (once slaves). Northern Tuareg live mainly in true desert; southern Tuareg live in steppe and savanna. They have traditionally engaged in herding, agriculture, convoying caravans across their territories, and raiding neighbouring tribes. They combine many pre-Islamic rituals and customs with Sunnite Muslim beliefs. Droughts in the 1970s and '80s reduced their numbers and eroded their traditional way of life.

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