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A 19-year-old woman who took the test in Pekanbaru

What is even more surprising is that even though the tribe has embraced Islam they have firmly held onto some of the customs that would not be acceptable to the wider Muslim world. . Before a woman marries, she is free to take as many lovers as she wants. They turn a blind eye, explained Butler. The young girls have the same great freedoms as the boys. . For years, the men of the Tuareg have been able to ride to a young womans tent, and sneak into the side entrance - while his well-trained camel stands quietly and waits. There, they will spend the night together - while the family, who all live in the tent, politely pretend not to notice. Should the woman choose to welcome a different man into her tent the next day, so be it. Yet could all of this be under threat, Drury asks. Butler has noticed more of the women taking up the hijab. And while she has been assured the women are wearing it for a fashion statement, rather than for religious reasons, she cannot be sure. It makes me very sad - you can see the regression, Butler said. . But there is hope this proud tribe, which has survived for more than 1,000 years, will hold fast to the traditions which make them so very different from all others. After all, they believe their culture is preferable to anything they have yet to come across. They think they are superior to other races, Butler said. They are very proud. They certainly consider themselves superior to us. Perhaps they consider other cultures a bit stupid and, dare I say it, primitive. Comment : I first encountered the Tuareg in Niger in 1968 and their mystery inspired me a year later to take up Arabic. I had planned with a friend after graduating college to spend a year in a Land Rover documenting aspects of Tuareg life. This did not happen; but my fascination with this people remains in place nearly a half-century later.