Igdalen, Tagdal in Niger

Igdalen, Tagdal
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People Name: Igdalen, Tagdal
Country: Niger
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 73,000
World Population: 73,000
Primary Language: Tagdal
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Songhai
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Igdalen are a fair skinned people living in centers around the three important sites of Tamaya, Mazababu and Tegurwit and as far north as Ingal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Formerly, they were livestock herders living a nomadic lifestyle but some have changed to trading and gardening as alternative sources of income. As trade plays a larger role in their lives, the men have become increasingly bilingual in Hausa and Tamajaq, the important languages along the north-south trade routes. Use of these languages is limited to trade and it is rare that a woman would learn either. They call their own language Tagdal.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Igdalen people are entirely Sunni Muslim. Like most African Muslims, they blend Islam with traditional religion.

What Are Their Needs?

Formal education has not and does not play a major role in the lives of the Igdalen. Schools within a reasonable proximity have only recently been available. As with many isolated groups, they are suspicious of formal education and tend not to send their children to school. Formal Koranic schooling is prevalent, especially for boys and young men. Resistance to religious change is high. It appears that the Igdalen are 100% Muslim. They are a largely closed group but seem open to outside help insofar as it meets their perceived needs such as improved farming methods and better medical care. Like related groups, they show their solidarity by rarely marrying outside their ethnic group.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give dreams and visions to Igdalen family leaders, leading to home fellowships.
Pray for Igdalen disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for the Igdalen people to crave true spiritual nourishment and find it in Jesus Christ.

Text Source:   Joshua Project