Moussa Ag Amastan

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Musa ag Amastan arriving in Paris (1910)

Musa Ag Amastan (1867–1920) was the Amenokal or chief of the Kel Ahaggar Tuareg from 1905 to 1920. Part of the tribe of Kel Ghela.

Biographical information[edit]

Many of the French who came into cantact with Moussa commented on his religiosity.[1] Maurice Benhazera confirmed his religious fervour.

There are indications that Moussa's life did undergo a considerable change when he was about 30 years old (that is, c. 1897) in the form of an enhanced religiosity, which can be attributed to the spirituel mentorship of Bay al-Kunti [1][2] who resides in Téleya in the Adrar des Ifoghas.[2]

In 1901 Musa ag Amastan is part of the Kel Ahaggar coalition leading a rezzu (invasion) against the Berabich of Azawad submitted to the French authorities in Timbuktu.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keenan, Jeremy (2 August 2004). The Lesser Gods of the Sahara: Social Change and Indigenous Rights. Routledge. p. 44. ISBN 9781135758059. 
  2. ^ a b Pandolfi, Paul. "In-Salah 1904/Tamanrasset 1905 : les deux soumissions des Touaregs Kel-Ahaggar". Cahiers d'études africaines. 38 (149): 47. doi:10.3406/cea.1998.1976. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Pandolfi, Paul. "In-Salah 1904/Tamanrasset 1905 : les deux soumissions des Touaregs Kel-Ahaggar". Cahiers d'études africaines. 38 (149): 45. doi:10.3406/cea.1998.1976. Retrieved 16 August 2016.