Azawagh Arabs

The Azawagh Arabs (Arabic: عرب أزواغ) (also known as nomadic Moors) are nomadic ethnic Arab-ancestry tribes who are settling mainly in the area of Azawagh which is a dry basin covering what is today northwestern Niger, as well as parts of northeastern Mali and southern Algeria.[1] Azawagh Arabs are named after the Azawagh region of the Sahara[2] and speak Hassaniya Arabic which is one of the regional varieties of Arabic.[3]

Azawagh Arabs
Total population
Numbering over 1 million
Regions with significant populations
Hassaniya Arabic
Predominantly Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Arabs (Bedouin groups)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Paris (1995): p. 250.
  2. ^ For an introduction to the culture of the Azawagh Arabs, see Rebecca Popenoe, Feeding Desire — Fatness, Beauty and Sexuality among a Saharan People. Routledge, London (2003) ISBN 0-415-28096-6
  3. ^ Popenoe (2003), p. 16-17.