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. Photographer Henrietta Butler , who has been fascinated by the Tuareg since she first followed them through the desert in , once asked why this was. The explanation was simple. We would like to see their faces. But this is certainly not the only place the Tuareg, related to the Berbers of North Africa, differ from the Muslim world of the Middle East, and even other parts of their own continent.