Kel Ahaggar Tuareg confederation Map
|Capital||Hoggar Mountains, Algeria|
• Kel Ahaggar established
• Under French suzerainty
• not recognized by independent Algeria
• terminated by Algerian Government
|Today part of||Algeria|
Kel Ahaggar (Berber: ⴾⵍ ⵂⴴⵔ) (trans: "People of Ahaggar") is a Tuareg confederation inhabiting the Hoggar Mountains (Ahaggar mountains) in Algeria. The confederation is believed to have been founded by the Tuareg matriarch Tin Hinan, whose monumental tomb is located at Abalessa. The official establishment is dated to around 1750. It has been largely defunct since 1977, when it was terminated by the Algerian government.
The language of the confederation is Tahaggart, a dialect of Tamahaq.
The Kel Ahaggar confederation is made up of a number of tribes, including:
- Aït Loaien
- Dag Rali (also spelled Dag Ghâli)
- Kel Rela, the ruling tribe.
- Kel Silet
- Tégéhé Millet
- Rulers of Kel Ahaggar
- Tuareg people
In popular culture
- Ball, David (1999). Empires of Sand. Bantam. ISBN 0-553-11014-4. A novel about the 1881 attempt by the French government to drive a railroad through the heart of the Sahara, including the Ahaggar region. The expedition, led by Lt. Colonel Paul Flatters, was attacked by the Tuareg of the Kel Ahaggar.
- Kel Ahaggar (in German)
- https://web.archive.org/web/20050922005745/http://www.petrabode.privat.t-online.de/detail.htm (in German)
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