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This introductory chapter of this book Disputed Desert serves as a background for the other papers in this volume. This book deals with political changes and internal debates about political changes within Tamasheq society from the late 1940s to the present. The work presented here is a history, and presented as such, but the work shares borders with anthropology. The two extreme visions on both disciplines have it that history asks how the past shapes the present and that anthropology asks how the present shapes the past. The general idea at present is that both visions meet half-way. This study is no exception to the rule.

Keywords: anthropology; Disputed Desert; Tamasheq society



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