Baradari (brotherhood)

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Barādarī or Birādrī (Urdu: برادری‎) means Brotherhood originating from the Persian word برادر Baradar meaning "Brother". In India and Pakistan it is used to denote a number of social strata among South Asian Muslims (see Caste system among Muslims). According to author Anatol Lieven, "the most important force in [Pakistani] society" are Baradari, usually far stronger than any competing religious, ethnic, or ideological cause. Parties and political alliances in Pakistan are based on Baradari, not ideology.[1]

The political effects of baradari or bradree among Pakistanis in the United Kingdom were attacked during the Bradford West by-election, 2012 which resulted in the gain of a House of Commons seat for the Respect Party and its candidate George Galloway.[2]

See also

  • Phratry, an institution of Ancient Greece similar in meaning and etymology.


  1. ^ why they get pakistan wrong| Mohsin Hamid| NYRoB| 29 September 2011
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