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The Tuareg or Kel Tamasheq

The People Who Speak Tamasheq and a History of the Sahara

By Henrietta Butler, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Justin Marozzi

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Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 February 2016
Romanticised by nineteenth-century explorers as mysterious 'people of the veil', but with a reputation too as fearsome warriors, the nomadic Tuareg have been the guardians of the Sahara for over a thousand years. Surviving in one of the most pitiless and inhospitable terrains on earth, they controlled the lucrative caravan trading routes until nineteenth- and twentieth-century colonisation followed by twenty-first century global politics and the rise of political Islam, jihadism and terrorism fragmented their society and way of life. And yet the unique and distinctive Tuareg culture, with its ancient Tifinagh script and traditions of proverbs, poetry and song and strict behavioural codes, survives despite the pressures on this proud race. With an introduction by Robin Hanbury-Tenison, a preface by Justin Marozzi, and contributions from Ghoubeid Alojaly, Edmond Bernus,Suzanne Bernus, Henrietta Butler, Pierre Boilley, Henri Delord,Jean-Marc Durou, Berny Sebe, Akli Sh'kka and Jeremy Swift. The photographer Henrietta Butler has masterminded and edited this volume and the accompanying Tuareg exhibition in London at The Royal Geographical Society in June 2015 www.tuareg She has assembled a team of renowned experts whose common theme is above all their passionate interest in these marginalised peoples who find their way of life and culture now so challenged.

Table of Contents

Introduction - by Robin Hanbury-TenisonTuareg regions of the Sahara - The Berrus MapPreface by Justin MarozziChapter One - "Who are the Tuareg"From the sea-shores to the desert - Origins of the Kel TamasheqIt's a woman's worldNomadic literature - Language, poetry, proverbs and sand (or rock) script: the original graffiti by Mohammed Aghali-ZakaraOral Diaries - The work of Ghoubeid AlojalyA Tuareg is nothing if not a poetProverbially speakingClass dividesNomadic pastoralism by Jeremy SwiftDaily life - Through the eyes of Rissa Ixa and with the IllabakahnThe work of Edmond Bernus - The geographer's geographer by Caroline BernusChapter Two - European exploration: from altruism to subjugationCentennial celebrations - Mission Timbuktu, and in the footsteps of those who have gone beforeFrancis Rodd - Britain's greatest explorer of Tuareg landsHeinrich Barth - Sole survivor, obsessive researcherHenri Duveyrier - The Tuareg's first European friendThe history of the Kel Denneg - or L'Histoire des Kel DennegThe Priest, the General and the Chief - the three who gave France the SaharaResume - A century of Saharan history by Jean-Marc DurouChapter Three -ColonialismInroads of "peace-time" - Tourism, tournees and treasuresConrad Kilan - The gentleman of oilA brave new world - The Dag Rali and Tamanrasset of 1955 by Henri DelordChapter Four - New countries, new boundaries, new problems: "Who are the Tuareg today"?The grizzly realities of of Saharan geo-politics by Pierre BoilleyToumast TV by Akli Sh'kkaMoussa ag Kenya - The child warrior-musicianIn memory of tourismLucrative, lonely ArlitA Saharan upbringing - The wisdom of Tuareg science? By Berny SebeFootnotesPicture creditsBilbliography

About the Author

Henrietta Butler first met the Tuareg in Niger in 2001 when as a Guardian photographer she covered the Cure Salee near Air, the Tuareg region of North Niger. She returned for the 1st Festival of Air in 2001 and has continued to return to the area as well as the region of Algeria for the past 14 years, with a necessary hiatus in 2007 following the Niger Tuareg's second rebellion. Henrietta last visited Niger in 2013 for the9th Festival of Air which had been zoned off and put under tight military surveillance with only a handful of westerners present.In 2001 she shared the exhibition Desert Nomads with Sir Wilfred Thesiger, also curating his photographs for this. As a freelance photographer, Henrietta Butler has worked for the BBC, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Opera House, and many other theatre and opera companies, and as a documentary stills photographer for Oxford Film and TV. She has also done feature stories for The Independent on Saturday Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. She is represented by Arena/PAL and Camera Press.

EAN: 9781906509309
ISBN: 1906509301
Publisher: Unicorn Press (CA)
Dimensions: 26.67 x 20.83 x 2.03 centimetres (0.94 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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