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Tuareg, Algerian in Algeria

Tuareg, Algerian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
75,000 Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken Islam 0.01 % 0.01 % No   

Tuareg, Algerian in Algeria

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Introduction / History
The Tuareg are descended from Berbers in the region that is now Libya, and also from ancient Saharan peoples. Following the independence of African countries in the 1960s, Tuareg territory was artificially divided into modern nations: Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya, and Burkina Faso. The Tuareg adopted camel nomadism, along with its distinctive form of social organization, from camel-herding Arabs about two thousand years ago. Early in their history, Algerian Tuareg people were involved in slave trading. Those who were not used as slaves were assimilated into Tuareg society. This is one of the reasons they are sometimes despised by other people groups and given the derisive name, "Tuareg." These tough people are considered trouble-makers, sometimes for good reason, and sometimes out of prejudice.

What are their lives like?
Camels are the center of Tuareg economic activity and lifestyle. They provide milk, meat, hair for textiles and clothing, as well as muscle for moving equipment and heavy loads. This has been the national routine for 2,000 years now since the camel was introduced by the Arabs.

What are their beliefs?
The Algerian Tuaregs are Sunni Muslims who believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

Prayer Points
Pray for adequate educational and medical facilities for the Algerian Tuaregs. Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment for these Sunni Muslims. Pray for the Lord to thrust out Holy Spirit empowered servants to the Algerian Tuaregs. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Algerian Tuaregs this decade.
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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-12-18
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Country: Algeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Adrar, Béchar, Biskra, Djelfa, El Bayadh, El Oued, Ghardaïa, Illizi, Laghouat, Naama, Ouargla, Tamanrasset, and Tindouf provinces; Morocco border along Atlas mountains, northeast to Médéa, south of Algiers, southeast to Righ Wadi, south as far as plateau du Tademait.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Tuareg, Algerian
People Name General: Tuareg, Algerian
Alternate People Names:
Algerian Saharan SpokenArab-Speaking
Arabic, Algerian Saharan SpokenArabized Tuareg
AruatAsben Tuareg
Chaamba BedouinLaguat Bedouin
Nail BedouinShaanba
Tamanrasset TuaregTuareg Arab-Speaking
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ROP3 Code: 109776
Joshua Project People ID: 15226
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 75,000
Population all Countries: 135,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Tuareg
People Name General: Tuareg, Algerian
Ethnic Code: CMT32h
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Algerian Saharan Spoken (75,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aao    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.99 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1992
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bible Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Algerian Sah ...
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Tuareg, Algerian in Algeria

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    Tuareg     Africa, North and Middle East    
      Tuareg, Algerian Algeria    
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