Tigre Revision

The Tigre is a nomadic agro-pastoralist community living in the northern, western, and coastal
highlands of Eritrea (Gash-Barka, Anseba, Northern Red Sea regions of Eritrea, and other regions
too), as well as areas in eastern Sudan. The Tigre speak the Tigre language, which belongs to the Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic family. They are not ethnically homogeneous; diversity is mainly along familial and clan lines. The Tigre ethnic group is broken into the Beni-Amer, Beit Asgede, Ad Shaikh, Mensa, Beit Juk, and Marya peoples.The original speakers of the Tigre language were mainly Christian, reflecting cultural exchange with neighboring Ethiopia. The first Tigre converts to Islam were those who lived on islands in the Red Sea and adopted Islam in the 7th century during the religion's earliest years. Mainland Tigre adopted Islam much later on including as late as the 19th century. The Tigre are predominantly Muslim and only 0.06% are Evangelicals.

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