Iraqi biradri

Iraqi Biradri

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The word Birâdrî (Persian: برادري) means Brotherhood originating from the word Birâdar meaning "Brother" in Persian. In Pakistan and India it is used to denote a number of social strata among Muslims.

The taxonomy “Iraqi Biradri” does not refer to a group presently living in Iraq, but is a reference to an ethnic group in Pakistan and India of Iraqi origin.


Most of the Iraqi Biradri speak Urdu or Bhojpuri though the more highly educated also speak Persian and some more religious oriented families also speak Arabic.


The Iraqi Biradri are Sunni Muslims.Still not clear that this biradari belongs to Indian OBC or not.

Theory of Origin

The name "Iraqi" is an ethnonym. In Persian, and Urdu, the terminal 'i' is what is called in Arabic morphology "yâ' an-nisba" (ياء النسبة) meaning "the letter of association". Though most Iraqis of the Subcontinent speak Urdu, gravestones from as far back as the 1800's found as far east as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are branded with both Persian and liturgical Arabic. Though they are very few, some genetic tests have substantiated their Iraqi ancestry by yielding Haplogroups found primarily in Iran and Iraq.

Geographic Distribution

They are found primarily in Pakistan and India. In India, the majority of the people are distributed in Kanpur and Kolkata. And considerably sufficient are based in Gorakhpur, Lar town, Shahganj,and a few in...
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