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This paper proposes a robust adaptive fuzzy control scheme for the uncertain nonlinear time-delay systems preceded by an unknown dead-zone. It is well known that time-delay and dead-zone characteristics are frequently encountered in various engineering systems. The dead-zone phenomena may occur in various components of control systems including sensors, amplifiers and actuators, especially in pneumatic valves, in electric servo motors and in hydraulic components. On the other hand, the time-delay phenomena are quite commonly found in chemical process, hydraulic systems and pneumatic systems. In most practice motion systems, the dead-zone characteristics are usually poorly known and may vary with time. Therefore, by using a description of a dead-zone and exploring the properties of this dead-zone model intuitively and mathematically, a robust adaptive fuzzy control method is presented without constructing the dead-zone inverse. According to some adaptive laws, the unknown nonlinear functions of the plant are approximated by the fuzzy logic system. Based on Lyapunov stability theorem, the proposed robust adaptive fuzzy control scheme can guarantee the robust stability of the whole closed-loop nonlinear time-delay system with an unknown dead-zone in the actuator and obtain good tracking performance as well. Finally, an example and simulation results are provided to show the efficiency of the proposed control method.