Iran: Province of Khúzistán
This province lies in the south-west corner of Iran. It was predominantly
Arab in population but during the twentieth century with the discovery
of oil there an increasing population from the rest of Iran moved to this
province to work the oilfields. Apart from dates, crops can only be grown
with irrigation by canals and free-flowing channels.
Being distant from the main centers of Bábí activities,
there were few converts in Khúzistán. Mullá
Hasan Khazá'í owned land in the village of Zaytán.
He became a Bábí and later a Bahá'í. He moved
to the village of Manyúhá were he succeeded in converting
some twelve further persons. A certain Muhammad Khazaví was
among those who put forward a claim to leadership of the Bábí
community in the period after the attempt on the life of the Shah in 1852.
In 1314/1897, there was a persecution of the Bahá'ís and
Mullá Hasan Khazá'í was arrested and imprisoned.
He was eventually released on the intervention of his son-in-law Shaykh `Arabí.