Iraqi biradri

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Iraqi biradri
Total population
85,000
Regions with significant populations
Kanpur, Karachi, Lahore, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata
Languages
Urdu, Persian and Arabic
Religion
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Iraqi people, Iraqi diaspora

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 (Urdu: عراقی برادری‎) does not refer to an ethic group presently living in Iraq, but to one in Pakistan and India.

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. 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. Iraqi Biradri is a highly educated community.

Geographic distribution[edit]

Iraqis
Place Percent
Karachi
  
5%
Kanpur
  
25%
Kolkata
  
13%
Purvanchal
  
40%
Bihar
  
2%
Assam
  
5%
Others†
  
10%
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.

Iraqitown[edit]

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.

Major cities with Iraqi biradri communities[edit]

(M)=Migrated Area

High concentration

  • Other important towns of eastern UP Bihar and Jharkhand

Low concentration

Eminent People[edit]

See also[edit]

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