Art poétique et art de la guerre dans l'ancien monde touareg

Abstract : In 1907, Charles de Foucauld collected an important corpus of poetry from the Tuareg in southern Algeria. In these poems, many of which celebrate the wars that the Tuareg had fought during the preceding century, domestic and foreign warfare are presented as two different sorts of experience. Domestic warfare brought together, in the celebration of the same ethos, opponents who, though fighting each other, were engaged in poetic dialogue. In contrast, foreign warfare set at odds men who fought, we might say, in silence. The transition from one type of warfare to the other was not sudden. Although the Tuareg world never formed a political unit, an invisible border, mainly based on words, separated the Tuareg from their neighbours.
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Dominique Casajus. Art poétique et art de la guerre dans l'ancien monde touareg. L'Homme - Revue française d'anthropologie, Éditions de l'EHESS 1998, pp.143-164. ⟨halshs-00104588⟩

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