Beware Pakistan’s Radical Barelvis

„One of the terrorists in the attack near the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris last week, which seriously injured two, has named his „guide“ as Ilyas Qadri, the founder and leader of Dawat-e-Islami, a Barelvi group founded in 1980 in Pakistan.

South Asian Sunni Islam primarily comprises two leading clerical sects: the Barelvis and the Deobandis. Both were established in the 19th century, combining South Asian Sufi influences with elements of Islamic revivalism. Today, much of Pakistani politics revolves around the violent rivalry between the two sects.“ (…)