Tuareg gender customs may refute Western preconceptions: Among the Tuareg, the men are veiled and the women are not. The society is largely matrilineal. They don’t fit into the nice bundles that art historians or anthropologists like to have. The Tuareg defy stereotypes—of Islam, Africa and social relationships—in other ways: The Tuareg are Islamic, but not in any comprehensive sense, it’s mixed with a heavy dose of pre-existing pagan beliefs in the evil eye and the world of spirits, or jinn.
- New exhibition highlights the ‘artful’ Tuareg of the Sahara