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Baradari or Birâdrî (Persian: برادري) means Brotherhood originating from the Persian word "Baradar" or "Birâdar" meaning "Brother". In Pakistan and India it is used to denote a number of social strata among South Asian Muslims.


The Hindu caste system influenced the in South Asian Muslims and resulted into formation of Brotherhood or communties that practiced social stratification. The Hindus of different castes converted to Islam due to Sufi missionaries formed their own baradaris. The tribal and clan affiliation are also considered as biradaris in Pakistan.


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