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The Masalit (masara in Masalit; Arabic: ماساليت‎‎) are a nation of people of Darfur in western Sudan and Wadai in eastern Chad. They speak Masalit, a Nilo-Saharan language of the Maba group. They numbered about 440,000 in 2011.[1]

Between 1884 and 1921 they established a state called Dar Masalit.

The Masalit are well known for their Muslim piety.[2]

They have a common language, Shuwa Arabic, which is one of the regional varieties of Arabic. They also have a common traditional mode of subsistence, nomadic cattle herding, although nowadays many lead a settled existence. Nevertheless, collectively they do not all necessarily consider themselves one people, i.e., a single ethnic group. The term "baggara culture" was introduced in 1994 by Braukämper.[7]

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  1. ^ "A language of Sudan". Ethnologue: Languages of the World. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  2. ^ de Waal, Alex (July 25, 2004). "Darfur's deep grievances defy all hopes for an easy solution". The Observer of London. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2007. 

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