The Baha’is of the United States operate three year-round conference and retreat centers that offer a wide range of programming for adults, youth and children. sfn error: no target: CITEREFBritannica2002 (, sfn error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFBWC_Stats2001 (, sfn error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFSmith2014 (, sfn error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFMomenSmith1989 (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFGreeley-Smith1912 (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFEncyclopedia_of_the_Modern_Middle_East_and_North_Africa2004 (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFNSA_Barbados2010 (, Statistics on National Spiritual Assemblies, Baháʼís endure some degree of persecution, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Socioeconomic development and the Baháʼí Faith, "Summary | Data from the ARDA National Profiles, 2005 Update: Religion Indexes, Adherents and Other Data | Data Archive | The Association of Religion Data Archives", & Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa 2004, "The Baha'i Faith in America as Panopticon, 1963-1997", International Religious Freedom Report 2007, "Los inicios de la Fe bahá'í en Costa Rica – Comunidad Bahá'í de Costa Rica", "Navidad se vive diferente en hogares ticos no cristianos", "Mitgliederzahlen: Sonstige – REMID – Religionswissenschaftlicher Medien- und Informationsdienst e.V. It did not arrive at a total but did have some regional statistics based on some individual reports. ", "C-1 Appendix- Details of Religious Communities Shown Under Other Religious and Persuasions in Main Table C-1, State: India", "A Discussion with Joy Mboya, Executive Director of the Godown Arts Centre", "Dramatic stories thrill Malawi golden jubilee", "2018 Census totals by topic – national highlights - Stats NZ", "Table 1 Members of religious and life stance communities outside the Church of Norway, by religion/life stance. The figures from these sources have often varied widely. The official estimate of "more than five million Baháʼís" in the world was originally arrived at in 1991 by the Baháʼí World Centre[9] and has not changed since. Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. In 2010, The World Religion Database states there are 7.3 million Baháʼís. Baha’is — there are an estimated 300,000-plus in Iran, out of a global population of some 5 million — have been heavily persecuted in Iran (and elsewhere in the Muslim world) because its founding prophet proclaimed his message following that of the Prophet Mohammad, Islam’s founder, who died in the 7th century. Centers of Learning. Geneva, May 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit Iran particularly hard, the Iranian government has further intensified its persecution of its Baha’i … [11] The signature of a card later became optional in Canada, but in the US is still used for records and administrative requirements. That should not make anyone who is a Baha'i very depressed. The situation for the Iranian Baha’i population is challenging. There are sizable Azerbaijani minorities in the major cities of northwestern Iran. As early as 1991 official estimates were of "more than five million Baháʼís", A 1997 statement by the NSA of South Africa wrote: "…the Baháʼí Faith enjoys a world-wide following in excess of six million people. In Iran "The Cause has not only spread in important centres, but even in remot… Baha'i population in Nepal falls from 0.01% to 0.0%. Adherents.com estimates 7 million Baháʼís in 2000 based on Baháʼí sources, research from the, {{cite encyclopedia |encyclopedia=Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa |title=Baha'i |url= |language=English |edition=2nd |date=2004-06-01 |publisher=Macmillan Reference USA |volume=1 |isbn=978-0028657691 |ref=CITEREFEncyclopedia_of_the_Modern_Middle_East_and_North_Africa2004, This page was last edited on 21 December 2020, at 08:14. That should not make anyone who is a Baha’i very depressed. Juan Cole believes that the numbers given by the Baháʼí sources are exaggerated.[47]. Owing to the exile of Bahá'u'lláh and His family to Palestine in the 19th century, there was once a sizeable Bahá'í population in that region; however, in the 1940s, Shoghi Effendi, head of the Bahá'í Faith at that time, asked Bahá'ís living in what became Israel to resettle elsewhere. For issues involved in keeping accurate statistics of Bahá'í communities, see. Baháʼí numbers are for the continental states, excluding Alaska, Hawai'i, and territories. The Baha’i Faith is a global faith community, established in virtually every country in the world. Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. Meanwhile, the international community continues to adopt new postures of openness toward Iran. The Statistics Department of the World Centre has officially stated the membership total to be 5 million while other estimations vary between 5 and 7 million, see Statistics for more information. [1][dead link][2] More conservative estimates produced by the Baháʼí World News Service reports a Baháʼí membership of more than 5 million worldwide, in "virtually every country" and many territories. India’s Bahá'í population represents about 40% of the total Bahá'í population distributed in about 200 countries and territories. As China has no functioning Bahá'í administration, obtaining accurate estimates of Bahá'ís in China is effectively impossible. Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. Baháʼís were grouped in with the category "Other Religions" that included Sikhs and Zoroastrians. In Iran, Anti-Baha’i Actions Hurt People and Business. The first known survey of the religion comes from an unpublished work in 1919–1920 gathered by John Esslemontand had been intended to be part of his well-known Baháʼu'lláh and the New Era. For issues involved in keeping accurate statistics of Bahá'í communities, see Statistics. A Bahá'í teacher was sent to Bombay in 1872 and that marked the beginning of the religion in India. That should not make anyone who is a Baha’i very depressed. ↑Baha'i World News Service ↑ "World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision". 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", On April 24, 1912, a newspaper article said "Baháʼísm now has 15,000,000 adherents scattered throughout the world, several hundred thousand of whom are in the United States and Canada. Per 1.1. Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. The Statistics Department of the World Centre has officially stated the membership total to be 5 million while other estimations vary between 5 and 7 million, see Statistics for more information. That should not make anyone who is a Baha'i very depressed. That should not make anyone who is a Baha'i very depressed. As a result, the rights of Baha’is in Iran are systematically violated. Source gives the number for Guadalupe, which is the main city of the nation of São Tomé and Príncipe. In addition, about 40 percent of the population of the region of Urmia in West Azarbaijan Province is Azerbaijani, as is one-third of Tehran's population. The Iranian constitution after the 1979 revolution provides limited freedoms for religious minorities, and it does not recognize the Baha’i community, with more than 300,000 members in … [citation needed], In 2012 the Pew Research Center published a report on the Global Religious Landscape. Membership data on a relatively new, worldwide religion are difficult to arrive at. Iran wants to eradicate Baha’is. [3] As such, the Baháʼí Faith is recognized as the second-most geographically widespread religion after Christianity,[4][5] and the only religion to have grown faster than the population of the world in all major areas over the last century.[6]. In Iran, the Baha'is were the country's largest minority population and were treated with relative tolerance by the Shah's regime. [citation needed], Other than signing a card and being acknowledged by a Spiritual Assembly, there is no initiation or requirement of attendance to remain on the official roll sheets. 2005- 2007. Pew said, "Because of the lack of data on these faiths in many countries, the Pew Forum has not attempted to estimate the size of individual religions within this category..."[31], Sources on numbers of Baháʼís by country include official government censuses, self-reported Baháʼí data, and estimates from third-party organizations. The Baha'i Encyclopedia Project has the goal of producing a reliable, comprehensive, ... By 1817 the population numbered between 60,000 and 70,000, with people of means leaving the city during the extremely hot summer months for the cooler climate in nearby resorts in the foothills north of Tehran. ", On April 12, 1912, a newspaper introduced him as "head of one of the newest and most thriving religions in the world, numbering 20,000,000 souls among his followers, of whom several hundred souls are in New York. Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. Many third-party estimates may not reflect this resettlement. These incidents appear to be the latest development in Iran’s continued denial of basic rights to its Baha’i population. The following chart presents a variety of estimates of Bahá'í population by country. Because the methodologies used in making Bahá'í population estimates vary so widely, it is neither advisable nor possible to use them to draw significant conclusions, such as determining the total population of Bahá'ís throughout the world. India, Notes on Bahá'í Population, by Charles Nolley and William Garlington (1997). [citation needed], Most denominations make no effort at all to maintain a national membership database and must rely on local churches or surveys of the general population. The World Christian Encyclopedia (list on Adherents.com) lists the population as "Unknown": "[This] reflects the situation where the WCE 2001 acknowledged a Baha'i presence in a country, but failed to record a total number of believers. [citation needed], The fact that the religion is diffuse and proportionally small are major barriers to demographic research by outsiders. In addition, the Baha’i community’s higher-education teachers and … Iran Area and Population Density. 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The religion is almost entirely contained in a single, organised community, but the Baháʼí population is spread out and not in a majority anywhere. We should demand their religious freedom (RNS) Saturday (May 14) is the eighth anniversary of Iran’s imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders. The Baha’is should know that exaggerating Baha’i census was the policy of Abdul Baha, Shoghi Effendi and now House of Justice. ... Baha'is often whine about their fellow believers being persecuted by the Islamic authorities in Iran. As Bahá'ís are made the target of official persecution in Iran, obtaining up-to-date estimates of Bahá'ís in Iran is very difficult. ", A 1987 report, published in the United States, The first known survey of the religion comes from an unpublished work in 1919–1920 gathered by, In 1912, a reporter in Salt Lake City claimed, On June 16, 1912, a news report introduced him as the "Persian religious leader and spiritual and temporal head of the 14,000,000 of Baháʼís scattered throughout the world. The Baha’is should know that exaggerating Baha’i census was the policy of Abdul Baha, Shoghi Effendi and now House of Justice. An international organization representing Baha’is says it is extremely concerned about Iran’s ongoing detention of up to 100 Baha’is at risk of contracting the coronavirus in Iranian prisons. The history of the religion dates back to 1860s when two members of Afnan clan living in Bombay became Bahá'í’s religious converts. Even in the United States, where significant resources are dedicated to gathering data, the Baháʼí Faith is often omitted from religious surveys due to the high sample size required to reduce the margin of error. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Its founder, Baha'u'llah, is regarded by Baha'is as "the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Mohammed." • As early as 1991 official estimates were of "more than five million Baháʼís", which is still in use as of 2017. The original purpose of signing a declaration card was to allow followers to apply for lawful exemption from active military service. The prolific spread of online hate and disinformation attempts to inculcate an environment of hatred in the general population. Major Azerbaijani cities include Tabriz, Ardabil, Khoi, Maragheh, and Zanjan. 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The coronavirus pandemic has done nothing to stifle the Iranian government’s animus towards its Baha’i population. The Baha’i community is branded by the Iranian government as … To the contrary, the authorities have chosen a program of intensification. [8] Additionally, Baháʼí membership data does not break out active participation from the total number of people who have expressed their belief. Baha’i faith is the largest non-Muslim religious minority with a population estimated more than 300,000. Rather, these estimates are mainly useful as examples of the difficulties inherent in the collection of accurate statistics about religion and belief.