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Iberogen, Igdalen in Niger

Iberogen, Igdalen

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
55,000 Tagdal Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Iberogen, Igdalen in Niger

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Introduction / History
The Igdalen are a fair skinned people living in centers around the three important sites of Tamaya, Mazababu and Tegurwit and as far north as Ingal. Formerly, they were livestock herders living a nomadic lifestyle but some have changed to trading and gardening as alternative sources of income. As trade plays a larger role in their lives, the men have become increasingly bilingual in Hausa and Tamajaq, the important languages along the North-South trade routes. Use of these languages is limited to trade and it is rare that a woman would learn either. They call their own language Tagdal.

Formal education has not and does not play a major role in the lives of the Igdalen. Schools within a reasonable proximity have only recently been available. As with many isolated groups, they are suspicious of formal education and tend not to send their children to school. Formal Koranic schooling is prevalent, especially for boys and young men. Resistance to religious change is high. It appears that the Igdalen are 100% Muslim. They are a largely closed group, but seem open to outside help insofar as it meets their perceived needs such as improved farming methods and better medical care. Like related groups, they show their solidarity by rarely marrying outside their ethnic group.

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Country: Niger
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:50 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Between Tahoua central, Agadez north central, and Ingall northeast
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Iberogen, Igdalen
People Name General: Iberogen, Igdalen
ROP3 Code: 109694
Joshua Project People ID: 15177
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 55,000
Population all Countries: 55,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Songhai
People Name General: Iberogen, Igdalen
Ethnic Code: NAB65b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tagdal (55,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tda    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Iberogen, Igdalen in Niger

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People Cluster
    Songhai     Africa, West and Central    
      Iberogen, Igdalen Niger    
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      Religion Language  
      Islam     Tagdal  
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