Baradari (brotherhood)

Barādarī or Birādrī (Urdu: برادری‎, Bengali: বেরাদরী) means Brotherhood originating from the Persian word برادر Baradar meaning "Brother". In India, Bangladesh and Pakistan it is used to denote a number of social strata among South Asian Muslims (see Caste system among South Asian 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] Baradari have also influenced politics in some parts of the United Kingdom where a significant number of people are of Pakistani descent, most notably in Bradford.[2]

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  1. ^ Hamid, Mohsin. "Why They Get Pakistan Wrong". New York Review of Books.
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