The Idaksahak ("Sons of Isaac") formerly were herders for Tuareg nobles, in return for their protection. This relationship has now broken down and there is less mixing of the two peoples, except they use the same watering holes and trade at the same markets. Some migrated to sub-Saharan Africa between the eighth and ninth centuries, and they were among the first Muslim groups in the area.
More of the Idaksahak are town dwellers than at any time in their history. Others have become settled farmers. Many are nomads and have few possessions apart from their animals. The nomads may range into Algeria and Niger. Life has essentially remained one of pastoral care for livestock century after century. They are nomads who hold few possessions and continually stay on the move across the deserts of Algeria. The men are often bi-lingual, speaking their own language and the language of the Tuareg. The women and children are often isolated in their camps and speak only their own language. Schooling is available only in the towns and will likely be in French. They carry out trade with the Arabs in the region, exchanging their livestock for agricultural goods.
The Idaksahak were once religious experts and livestock tenders for higher caste Tuareg (aka, Tamacheq) factions. They remain solidly Sunni Muslim. Islam is a central part of their identity. Their faith is in the religious system of Islam, not in the blood of Christ.
The Idaksahak have been Sunni Muslims are for over 1,000 years. Who will tell them about the gospel of grace and mercy?
Pray for workers to take Christ to the Idaksahak people.
Pray for spiritual discernment and a hunger for truth.
Pray for Idaksahak disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for dreams and visions of the risen Christ among the Idaksahak people, drawing them to his side.
Scripture Prayers for the Idaksahak in Algeria.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project
|People Name General
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|Population this Country
|Population all Countries
|Frontier People Group
|1 (per PeopleGroups.org)
|Pioneer Workers Needed
|Africa, North and Middle East
|15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
|Location in Country
|Tamanrasset Source: Ethnologue 2010