Arabized Tuareg in Niger

The Arabized Tuareg have only been reported in Niger
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Arabized Tuareg are those who have adopted the Arabic language as their own. At least to this extent, they have become a part of Arab culture. Before French colonization, the Tuareg were organized into loose confederations, each consisting of a dozen or so tribes. Following the independence of African countries in the 1960s, Tuareg territory was artificially divided between modern nations: Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya, and Burkina Faso.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tuareg are a nomadic people, occupying large areas of the Sahel Desert. Each Tuareg clan is made up of several family groups, led by their collective chief. In Tuareg society women do not traditionally wear the veil, whereas men do. The veil is often blue in color, and it can stain their skin. Tuareg women have great freedom and participate in family and tribal decisions.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tuareg tribes have strong tribal identity, and Islam is part of that self-identification. It will be difficult for Christ's ambassadors to show them the way to the cross without them feeling like following Christ would mean losing their identity as a people.

What Are Their Needs?

The Arabized Tuareg people need peace in their land. They also need adequate medical care. This is hard for any nomadic people to obtain.

Prayer Points

Pray that Holy Spirit-anointed African believers will be burdened to carry the message of Christ to the Tuareg tribes.
Pray that tribal animosities will give way to peace among the Tuareg people in Niger.
Pray that the Arabized Tuareg people in Niger will have a desire to know Jesus, the only Savior of humanity.
Pray Christ will reveal himself to the Arabized Tuareg people.

Scripture Prayers for the Tuareg, Arabized in Niger.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tuareg, Arabized
People Name in Country Tuareg, Arabized
Natural Name Arabized Tuareg
Pronunciation TWA-reg
Alternate Names Asben Tuareg; Kel Air
Population this Country 18,000
Population all Countries 18,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10449
ROP3 Code 115816
ROP25 Code 308321
ROP25 Name Tuareg
Country Niger
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 27  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Niger
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 27  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Map of Tuareg, Arabized in Niger
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian (18,000 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian (18,000 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Algerian

Primary Language:  Arabic, Algerian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1872-1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1965-2018)
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
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World Bible Finder
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Algerian Spoken Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Arabic, Algerian Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Arabic, Algerian Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Map Source People Group location: SIL / WLMS. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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