Iraqi biradri

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Iraqi biradri
Total population
approx. 95,000 (2011 census)
Regions with significant populations
Kanpur, Karachi, Chennai, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata
Urdu and Arabic
Sunni Islam (Wahhabism)
Related ethnic groups
Arbas, Adnanites, Iraqi people, Iraqi diaspora

Iraqi Biradri is a endogamous community and marriages are according to sizra system has its primary settlements in far desolate regions of eastern Uttar Pradesh (ex:Kotwari, Nonhara, Gangauli, Lar, Karkhanna Rampur, Bahorwa, Barhaj etc...) and their nearby villages. Their settlements in eastern U.P. are not old than 200 years according to Sizra's and burials found. Genetic test has confirmed their ancestory of Iraqi and Iran having their orign in Proto-Euphrates.[citation needed]

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

The taxonomy 'Iraqui Biradri (Arabic: عراقی برادری‎) does not refer to an ethic group presently living in Iraq, but to one in Pakistan and India.Commonly used surnames are-Iraqi, Lari, Akhtar, Jawad etc.


  • 1821-7000
  • 1921-17,000
  • 1931-20,000
  • 1941-25,000
  • 1951-29,000
  • 1961-34,000
  • 1971-40,000
  • 1981-50,000
  • 1991-63,000
  • 2001-78,000
  • 2011-95,000

Theory of origin[edit]

The Iraqi Biradri are Sunni Muslims and are an Urdu-speaking community, though the better educated also speak Persian and some religiously oriented families also speak Arabic. 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 yâ of association". Though most Iraqis of the Indian subcontinent speak Urdu, gravestones from as far back as the 1800s found as far east as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are branded with both Persian and liturgical Arabic. Till 70's they have manufacturing units for sugar and some were involved in liquor manufacturing in Nepal on large scale. They constantly changes their manufacturing and trading work from time to time.Today Iraqi Biradri is a very rich community because many of the people are associated with leather industries of Kanpur and Kolkata.They are mainly tannery owners or servicemen. Bahorwa in Ballia District, Lar in Deoria District and Batrauli in Kushinagar District are dominated by descendend of Iraqis who migrated during seventeenth century.

Geographic distribution[edit]

Place Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Middle East, England, USA, Nepal, Bangladesh, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Bhopal and Jodhpur (<1%).

They are found primarily in Pakistan and India. In Pakistan, Iraqi biradris live in high concentrations in the city of Karachi. 0.2% of Muslims in Purvanchal are Iraqi.In Kanpur about two percent of Muslims are Iraqi and in Kolkata about 0.5% of Muslims are Iraqi biradri.


The only Iraqitown in India is in Kanpur's Jajmau region. KDA Colony of Jajmau is also sometimes referred to as Iraqitown as 95% of KDA Colony is Iraqi.Al Jamia Al Iraqi Al Hind in Kanpur is continuously working for welfare of Iraqi Sayyids.[1]

Major cities with Iraqi biradri communities[edit]

(M)=Migrated Area

High concentration

Eminent People[edit]

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