The Conversion of Religious Minorities to the Bahá’í Faith in Iran



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Maneck, S. “The Conversion of Religious Minorities to the Bahá’í Faith in Iran: Some Preliminary Observations”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 3, no. 3, Sept. 1991, pp. 35-48, doi:10.31581/jbs-3.3.4(1991).


In the period between 1877–1921 significant numbers of non-Muslims converted to the Bahá’í Faith in Iran. This was an essential development, for the emergence of the Bahá’í Faith as an independent religion possessing a distinct identity apart from Islam. These conversions were largely confined to the Zoroastrian and Jewish communities and did not involve Iran’s largest religious minority, the Christians. This study attempts to address some of the factors that were involved in this conversion process. These will include the manner in which Bahá’ís made the transition from Islamic particularism to a universalism that would attract non-Muslims, as well as the manner in which actual conversions took place and the factors surrounding them. Major emphasis will be placed upon examining what factors may have inclined certain minorities rather than others to convert.
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Copyright © 1991 Susan Stiles Maneck