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The Sufris (Arabic: الصفريةaṣ-Ṣufriyya) were a Khariji sect of Islam that existed in the 7th and 8th centuries. They established the Midrarid state at Sijilmassa.

In Algeria (Tlemcen), the Banu Ifran[1] were Sufri Berbers who opposed Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid rule, most notably under resistance movements led by Abu Qurra (8th century CE) and Abu Yazid.[2][3]


  • The Kharijites split into the Sufriyya/Saffriyah, Azarika, Bayhasiyya, Najdat, and Ibadiyya groups.[4] The Kharijites are almost extinct today. Surviving ones are in Oman, Zanzibar, north and east Africa. Many of the Kharijites are the more moderate Ibadites, who do not believe in assassination.


  1. ^ E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936 . M. Th. Houtsma Edition by BRILL, 1987. ISBN 90-04-08265-4. Page 265
  2. ^ History of North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco: From the Arab Conquest to 1830. Charles André Julien Publié par Praeger, 1970. Page 24
  3. ^ Ibn Khaldun, History of Berber, party: Banu Ifran
  4. ^ al-Tabari, vol.39 p. 217.
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