The Sufris (Arabic: الصفرية aṣ-Ṣufriyya) were Khariji Muslims in the seventh and eighth centuries. They established the Midrarid state at Sijilmassa, now in Morocco.

In Tlemcen, Algeria, the Banu Ifran[1] were Sufri Berbers who opposed rule by the Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid Caliphates, most notably under resistance movements led by Abu Qurra (8th century) and Abu Yazid.[2]

The Khawarij were divided into separate groups such as the Sufri, Azariqa, Bayhasiyya, Ajardi, Najdat, and Ibadi. Only the Ibadi continue to exist today.


  1. ^ E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam 1913-1936. BRILL. 31 December 1987. ISBN 90-04-08265-4., page 265 ]
  2. ^ Julien, Charles André; le Tourneau, Roger Le Tourneau (1970). Histoire de L'Afrique du Nord. Praeger. ISBN 9780710066145., page 24