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1850. Jul The Faith of the Báb has spread to two countries at this point, Iran and Iraq. [MBW147]
  • B148–60, 202–3; BBD147; BBR77–82; DB510–17; GPB49–55; TN26–7.
Iran; Iraq; Middle East Statistics; Babi history Early mention of Bábís in western newspapers summer 1850
1890 By 1890 about a thousand Bahá'ís have settled in `Ishqábád. [BBRSM91, SDOH99] Ishqabad; Turkmenistan Statistics
1907 It is estimated that there are from 1000 to 1100 believers in North America by this date, with about 12 believers in Montreal and six Bahá'ís in other localities in Canada. [BFA2:230] United States; Montreal; Canada Statistics
1907 spring A census of religions in the United States counts 1280 Bahá'ís. [BFA2:XVI] United States Statistics
1912 By this year at least 70 Bahá'í books and pamphlets have been produced in English. [BBRSM:103–4]

There are about two dozen Bahá'ís in Canada by this year. [BFA2:158]

Canada; Worldwide Publishing; Bahai literature; English language; Translation; Statistics; Publications
1916 The United States census shows 2,884 Bahá'ís. [BBRSM:105; SBBH1:117] United States Statistics
1917 (in the year) By this year at least a hundred Bahá'í books and pamphlets have been produced in English. [BBRSM:103-4] Literature; Publications; Statistics
1925 There are 43 local spiritual assemblies in North America by this date. [BBRSM121] North America; United States LSA; Statistics
1925 Of the 38 localities where Bahá'ís reside in Europe, 26 are in Germany. [BBRSM182] Europe; Germany Statistics
1928 In this year there are 579 localities in the world in which Bahá’ís live, 102 local spiritual assemblies, nine national spiritual assemblies, and about eight languages into which Bahá’í literature is translated. [BBRSM160–1] NSA; LSA; statistics
1931 There are still only 30 Bahá’ís in Canada by this date. [BBRSM186] Canada Statistics
1945 See BBRSM166–7 for a chart showing the distribution of the Bahá’í Assemblies and localities in this year. Worldwide Statistics
1950 By this year the Bahá’í population of Black Africa is probably no more than 12. [BBRSM190–1] Africa Statistics
1950 25 Apr Shoghi Effendi cables the Bahá’í world with the successes of the Bahá’í work in the past year. [MBW3]
  • The number of sovereign states and dependencies where the Faith is established reaches 100, an increase of 22 countries since 1944.

    Approximate number of Localities where Bahá'ís reside in the largest Bahá'í communities.

  • European Goal Countries: --> Over thirty localities.
  • Germany and Austria: --> Over forty localities.
  • British Isles: --> Over fifty localities.
  • Australia and New Zealand: --> Over sixty localities.
  • Dominion of Canada: --> Over eighty localities.
  • India, Pakistan and Burma: --> Over eighty localities.
  • Latin America: --> Over one hundred localities.
  • Persia: --> Over seven hundred localities.
  • United States of America: --> Over eleven hundred localities. [Baha'i Historical Facts, January 15, 2018 quoted from ‘The Bahá'í Faith, The: 1844-1950: Information Statistical and Comparative’, compiled by Shoghi Effendi]
Statistics
1951 25 Apr Shoghi Effendi cables the Bahá’í world with the successes of the Bahá’í work in the past year. [MBW11–13]
  • The number of sovereign states and dependencies open to the Faith is 106, while some of the writings have been translated into more than 80 languages. [MBW11]
Worldwide Statistics; Growth; Translation
1953 14 Oct Shoghi Effendi announces the settling of 13 further Knights of Bahá’u’lláh, with 178 territories now open to the Faith. [MBW173] Worldwide Knights of Bahaullah; Shoghi Effendi, Life of; Statistics; Growth; Ten Year Crusade
1953 11 Nov Shoghi Effendi announces the settling of a further contingent of Knights of Bahá’u’lláh in 21 virgin areas, bringing the number of territories open to the Faith to 200. [MBW52–3] Worldwide Knights of Bahaullah; Shoghi Effendi, Life of; Statistics; Growth; Ten Year Crusade
1954 21 Mar Shoghi Effendi announces that there are Bahá’ís in 219 countries. [MBW57] Statistics
1954 Apr Shoghi Effendi announces that there are Bahá’ís in 228 countries and that Bahá’í literature has been translated into 130 languages. [MBW61–2] Statistics
1954 Sep Four people had become Bahá’ís in Zanzibar by this date. Zanzibar Statistics
1954 1 Oct Shoghi Effendi announces that there are Bahá’ís in 235 countries and territories and over 3000 centres around the world. [MBW69–70] Worldwide Statistics; Growth; Ten Year Crusade
1955 Apr Shoghi Effendi announces that the Bahá’í Faith is represented in 236 countries, in 3,200 locations, by over 40 ethnic groups. Bahá’í literature is translated into 176 languages. [MBW76–8] Worldwide Statistics; Growth; Ten Year Crusade
1957 Apr Shoghi Effendi announces that the Faith has been established in 251 countries, that there are more than a thousand local spiritual assemblies, that Bahá’ís live in more than 4,200 localities, and that every territory mentioned in the Tablets of the Divine Plan has been opened to the Faith. Bahá’í literature has been translated into 230 languages. [MBW105–6] Statistics
1959 Ridván The Custodians announce that the number of national and regional spiritual assemblies has risen to 31, the Faith is established in 255 countries, Bahá’ís live in over 5,200 localities and have formed nearly 1,275 local spiritual assemblies, and Bahá’í literature has been translated into 261 languages. [MC137–8] Worldwide Custodians; Statistics; Growth; Ten Year Crusade
1961 Jan - Feb Hand of the Cause of God Dr Rahmatu’lláh Muhájir travels to India and demonstrates the principle of mass teaching. [DM172–84; SBBH2:165–7]
  • Mass teaching begins in the rural area of Madhya Pradesh among the Hindu population. In 1961 there are 850 Bahá’ís; in 1963 87,000; by 1973 nearly 400,000; and by 1987 about two million. In 1983 45 per cent of all local spiritual assemblies are in India. [BBRSM195; BW13:299]
Madhya Pradesh; India Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Activities; Rahmatullah Muhajir; Mass conversion; Mass teaching; Teaching; LSA; Statistics; Growth
1963 20 Apr The Ten Year Crusade is successfully completed. The achievements of the Ten Year Crusade were celebrated at the Most Great Jubilee in April and May 1963, which commemorated the Centenary of the Declaration of Baha’u’llah’s Mission. Two historic events transpired during that time: the International Convention, convened in Haifa, Israel, to elect the first Universal House of Justice; and the World Congress held in London, England.
  • For a summary of achievements during the Crusade see BW13:459–60.
  • For countries, islands and dependencies opened to the Faith during the Crusade see BW13:461–2. (259)
  • For number of localities in which Bahá’ís reside in different parts of the world see BW13:462. (from 2,000 to more than 11,000)
  • For languages into which Bahá’í literature has been translated see BW13:462–4.
  • For races represented in the Bahá’í world community see BW13:464.
  • For national spiritual assemblies at the end of the plan see BW13:468–9. (from 12 to 56)
Worldwide; BWC; London; United Kingdom Ten Year Crusade; Most Great Jubilee; Conventions, International; Growth; Statistics; Teaching plans; - Basic timeline, Expanded
1964 Ridván The Universal House of Justice releases statistics on the growth and spread of the Bahá’í Faith at Ridván. [BW14:124–35] Worldwide Statistics; Growth; Ten Year Crusade
1969 10 Jul The Universal House of Justice announce an increase in the total number of members of the Continental Boards of Counsellors for the Protection and Propagation of the Faith to thirty-eight. [MUHJ63-86] BWC Counsellors; Statistics
1970 15 June Worldwide Bahá'í Statistics [CBN248February1971p11]
     Countries opened to the Faith:
          Independent countries                134
          Significant territories and islands  179
                                  Total        373

     Number of localities where Bahá'ís reside   43,341
     Number of local spiritual assemblies        10,318
Worldwide Statistics; Growth
1979 20 Apr The Bahá’í World Centre reports that ten countries or territories have a Bahá’í population that exceeds one percent of the general population. [BW17:99] Statistics
1989 Apr Nearly one half million new believers were enrolled since last Ridván. [AWH60] Worldwide Statistics; Growth
1989 Ridván The Universal House of Justice reports that nearly half a million people became Bahá’ís in the past year. [AWH60] Statistics
1990 In the two years previous almost two million people enrolled in the Cause. [AWH79] Statistics
1990 Ridván In its Ridván message the Universal House of Justice announces that in the previous two years almost two million people have become Bahá'ís. [AWH79] Worldwide Statistics; Growth
1990 3 Jul The National Spiritual Assembly of Guyana announces that the Bahá'ís constitute about five percent of the total population of the country. [BINS228:1]
  • In some towns over 20 percent of the people are Bahá'ís. [BINS228:1]
Guyana; South America Statistics
1990 26 Nov The number of the Auxiliary Board members was increased from 756 to 846. [AWH89] Auxiliary Board Members and assistants; Statistics; Appointed arm
1991 Number of National Assemblies - 155

Number of Local Assemblies - more than 17,000

Number of nationalities and tribes represented is estimated at 2,112 [B'91pg54 note 2]

Number of localities - over 108,000. [CoB375]

Number of languages - over 800 [B'91pg3]

Worldwide Statistics; Growth
1991 Ridván Number of National Spiritual Assemblies-155 [CBNJun91 Vol4no2pg5; AWH86] NSA; Statistics
1992 Bahá'í literature was available in over 800 languages. [CoB372] Statistics; Translation
1992 April World population 5.48 billion.
  • American Bahá'í population: 110,000 in more than 7000 communities. [From a press release by the American National Office dated the 28th of May, 1993]
United States Statistics
1992 21 Apr After a three year teaching project in Guyana the Bahá'í population reached some 6% of the population. [Ridván Message 1992] Guyana Teaching; Statistics
1995 Oct – Dec More than a million people visit the Bahá'í House of Worship in India in this period. [BINS357:5] New Delhi; India Mashriqul-Adhkar, Delhi; Lotus temple; Statistics
1997 Ridván The Universal House of Justice announced in its Ridván Message that nearly 200 Training Institutes had been established in the previous twelve months. [Mess86-01p580] BWC Training Institutes; Statistics; - Institute process
1997 Ridván The Universal House of Justice restricted the formation of Local Spiritual Assemblies to the first day of Riḍván. This measure had the effect anticipated, a decrease in the number of these institutions but the fall was not drastic. [Message from the Universal House of Justice Ridván 2000] Worldwide Ridvan; Elections; Administration; Local Spiritual Assemblies; LSA, formation of; Growth; Statistics; Bahai Faith, Evolutionary nature of; Maturity
1998 Ridván The Universal House of Justice announced in its Ridvan Message the "ten of thousands of individuals have over the last two years completed at least one institute course." [Mess86-01p612] BWC - Institute process; Training Institutes; Growth; Statistics
2000 29 Oct The commencement of a new five-year term of service for members of the Continental Boards of Counsellors for the Protection and Propagation of the Faith. The number of Counsellors remained at eighty-one. The appointments were:
  • AFRICA (19 Counsellors): Beth Allen, George Allen, Beatrice Asare, Asfaw Tessema, Niaz Bushrui, Mehraz Ehsani (Trustee of the Continental Fund), Clement-Thyrrel Feizoure, Kobina Fynn, Ibrahim Galadima, Kamaye Moussa, Eddy Lutchmaya, Enos Makhele, Maina Mkandawire, Rachel Ndegwa, Muhammad Otmani, Ahmad Parsa, Garth Pollock, Antoinette Ziehi, Tiati a Zock.
  • THE AMERICAS (19 ounsellors): Eugene Andrews, Eloy Anello, Stephen Birkland, Gustavo Correa, Irma Nelly de Dooki, Abdu'l-Missagh Ghadirian, Angelica Huerta, Antonio Gabriel Marques, Herve Masrour, Catherine Monajjem, Rebequa Murphy, Carmen Elisa de Sadeghian, Arturo Serrano, Crystal Shoaie, David Smith, Marilyn Smith, Leticia de Solano, Rodrigo Tomas (Trustee of the Continental Fund), Dorothy Whyte.
  • ASIA (19 Counsellors): Fadel Ardakani, Baatar Uransaikhan, Nidavanur Baskaran, Irene Chung, Jabbar Eidelkhani, Bijan Farid, Elena Grouzkova, David Huang (Trustee of the Continental Fund), Humaida Jumalon, Lee Lee udher, Delafruz Nassimova, Lori Noguchi, Jaya Gopan Ramasamy, Lateef Rashid, Foad Reyhani, Payam Shoghi, Zena Sorabjee, George Soraya, Rosalie Tran.
  • AUSTRALASIA (11 Counsellors): Beatrice Benson, Donald Blanks, David Chittleborough (Trustee of the Continental Fund), Jalal Mills, Sirus Naraqi, Manijeh Reyhani, Heather Simpson, Henry Tamashiro, Erama Ugaia, Robin White, Fereidoun Yazdani.
  • EUROPE (13 Counsellors): Fevziye Baki, Alla Borets, Uta von Both, Firouzeh Moghbel, Paul Ojermark, Patrick O'Mara (Trustee of the Continental Fund), Shahriar Razavi, Ilhan Sezgin, Nosrat Tirandaz, Nicola Towfigh, Larissa Tsutskova, Sohrab Youssefian, Ivo Zerbes.
  • The following believers were relieved of the duties of membership on the Boards of Counsellors: Borhanoddin Afshin, Ben Ayala, Hooshidar Balazadeh, Patricia Coles, Parvine Djoneydi, Wilma Ellis, Tod Ewing, Shidan Fat'he-Aazam, Linda Gershuny, Louis Henuzet, Hizzaya Hissani, Nobuko Iwakura, Abbas Katirai, Zekrullah Kazemi, Kim Myungjung, Jacqueline Left Hand Bull, Betra Majmeto, Peter McLaren, Alejandra Miller, Perin Olyai, Nabil Perdu, Maija Pihlainen, Ruth Pringle, Polin Rafat, Daniel Ramoroesi, Shapour Rassekh, Cyrus Rohani, Vicente Samaniego, Isabel de Sanchez, Bruce Saunders, Errol Sealy, Edith Senoga, Farhad Shayani, Tiberiu Vajda, Lally Warren, Wingi Mabuku. [From a message from the Universal House of Justice dated the 29th of October, 2000]
BWC Counsellors; Counsellors, Appointments; Funds, Continental; Statistics
2015 Sep As of this date the Baha’i community in the United States had about 175,000 Bahá’ís (less than one percent of the nation’s population), residing in more than 9,000 localities. The makeup of the faith’s adherents was very diverse. The largest communities were in California, Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina, and Texas. There are Bahá’í communities in every state. (From ‘Information about the Bahá'í Faith for Funeral Directors’, a document available at US National website)[Bahá'í Historical Facts MARCH 4, 2018] United States Statistics
2016 25 Nov In a message addressed to the Bahá'ís of the World on of the Day of the Covenant, the Universal House of Justice marked the beginning of a new five-year term of service for the Auxiliary Board Members and announced an augmentation in the number of members by 144 bringing the total to 1,134 members distributed evenly between the Propagation and the Protection Boards.

In the same message it announced plans for a series of conferences called by the International Teaching Centre where the Auxiliary Board Members would be assisted in the deepening of their understanding of the spiritual nature of their work and the wide-ranging responsibilities they will shoulder.

BWC Auxiliary Board Members and assistants; Statistics

from the main catalogue

  1. 20,000 Martyrs, Source of Statements about, by Universal House of Justice (1984). Two letters from the Research Department: one from 1984 identifies the source of the statement that 20,000 Bábís were martyred, and one from 2005 says that this source has not actually been found. [about]
  2. Achievements and Victories of the Guardianship: Statistics, chronology, and bibliography (1982). List of books written, assemblies founded, Hands of the Cause appointed, and Plans for Expansion conceived. [about]
  3. Achievements of the Seven Year Plan, 1979-1986, by Ahang Rabbani, in Bahá'í News, 12:676 (1987). Construction progress at the Baha'i World Centre; expansion of the BIC; international conferences; formations of Local and National Assemblies; teaching initiatives; publications and proclamations. [about]
  4. Archives, Bahá'í: Preserving and Safeguarding the Sacred Texts, by Universal House of Justice, in Andalib, 12:48 (1993). Includes estimated numbers of Tablets revealed, and numbers of Tablets archived at the Baha'i World Center; prepared by the Archives Office on behalf of the House. [about]
  5. Are the Characteristics of Exiles Different from Immigrants?: The Case of Iranians in Los Angeles, by Georges Sabagh and Mehdi Bozorgmehr, in Institute for Social Science Research Working Papers, 2:5 (1986). Five passing references to "Bahai" — but in a statistical context only — about whether the large influx of Iranians into LA in the late 1970s added a sizeable and distinctive minority to the population of this metropolitan area. [about]
  6. Bahá'í Centres in Iran (1936), in Bahá'í World, Vol. 6 (1934-1936) (1937). [about]
  7. Bahá'í Faith 1957-1988, The: A Survey of Contemporary Developments, by Peter Smith and Moojan Momen, in Religion, 19 (1989). A general account of developments in the Bahá'í Faith during these three decades. [about]
  8. Bahá'í Faith, The: World Religious Statistics, by Firuz Kazemzadeh, in Britannica Book of the Year (1988). A reprint of the widely-circulated encyclopedia article showing the Baha'i Faith to be the world's second most wide-spread religion. [about]
  9. Bahá'í Faith, The: 1844-1950: Information Statistical and Comparative (1950). [about]
  10. Bahá'í Faith, The: 1844-1963: Information Statistical and Comparative, Including the Achievements of the Ten Year International Bahá'í Teaching & Consolidation Plan 1953-1963 (1963). Statistical information compiled by the Hands of the Cause of God residing in the Holy Land regarding the Baha'i Faith and its growth. Shoghi Effendi used to gather and publish such statistical data. One can see exactly where the Faith stood at that time. [about]
  11. Bahá'í History in the Formative Age: The World Crusade 1953-1963, by Graham Hassall, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 6:4 (1995). [about]
  12. Bahá'í membership statistics, by Robert Stockman (1998). Statistics on the American community from 1998, and notes on how membership numbers are calculated. [about]
  13. Bahá'í Population of India, 1991, in Census of India 1991 (1995). Various figures from a government census. May be inaccurate. [about]
  14. Bahá'í World Statistics 2001, by Bahá'í World Centre Department of Statistics (2001). Statistics from the BWC, prepared and with notes added by Bolhuis. [about]
  15. Bahá'ís, in The World's Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography (2013). Statistics of Baha'i populations in 1910 and 2010, growth rates, and geographic distribution. [about]
  16. Demographics of the United States National Spiritual Assembly, by Archives Office of the United States Bahá'í National Center (2016). Percentage of women, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino Americans serving on the U.S. and Canadian NSAs from 1922-2015. [about]
  17. Early Bahá'í Census in Iran, by Universal House of Justice (2016). No systematic census was taken of the numbers of early believers, before the Guardian's call for such a count in 1923. Iran's own statistics in the 1920s count "several tens of thousands" of Baha'is. [about]
  18. Enrollments and limited growth of the Bahá'í community, by Universal House of Justice (2002). The lack of significant numerical growth in certain Western Baha'i communities is related to the preceding decades of struggle, achievement and disappointment. [about]
  19. Falta de crecimiento y el cambio de cultura, La, by Universal House of Justice (2002). [about]
  20. Five Year Plan (1974-1979) Statistical Report, by Bahá'í World Centre (1978). Survey of the progress made towards achieving the goals of the 5-year plan, both at the World Centre and throughout the global community. [about]
  21. For the Betterment of the World: The Worldwide Bahá'í Community's Approach to Social and Economic Development, by Office of Social and Economic Development (2018). Essays, photographs, and overviews of local projects around the world, illustrating how Bahá'í principles are being carried out in practice, prepared by the Office of Social and Economic Development of the Bahá'í International Community. [about]
  22. Iran: Religious Life, by Eric Hooglund, in Countries of the World (1991). Descriptions of the principle religious communities in Iran. [about]
  23. Localities where Bahá'ís live (world, 1956): simplified map, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 12 (April 1950-1954) (1956). [about]
  24. Localities where Bahá'ís live (world, 1963): The Bahá'í World Community, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 13 (1954-1963) (1970). [about]
  25. Marshall Islands population statistics, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Populations of the Marshall Islands, and explanation of a directive by the Universal House of Justice that teachers travel to an island that was uninhabitable because of radiation. [about]
  26. Membership of Religious Groups in the U.S., 1996, by World Almanac and Book of Facts, in 1996 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches (1996). Numbers of adherents, holy days, and headquarters of religious groups in the U.S. and Canada in 1998; statistics on Cardinals, Popes and world faiths including Atheists, Ethnics, Mandaeans, Parsis (Zoroastrians), Shintoists, and Spiritists. [about]
  27. Membership of Religious Groups in the U.S., 2002, by World Almanac and Book of Facts, in 2001 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches (2002). Links to offsite documents with almanac statistics. [about]
  28. National Spiritual Assemblies: Lists and years of formation, by Graham Hassall (2000). [about]
  29. National Spiritual Assembly members who are women, Percentage of, 1953-2007, by Bahá'í World Centre (1998). Two letters from the House, with attached tables, showing the number of women serving on NSAs 1953-1993, 1987-1997, and 1997-2007. Includes graphs showing numbers and percent of women serving on NSAs by continental region. [about]
  30. Number of tablets revealed by Bahá'u'lláh, by Robert Stockman and Juan Cole (1999). Informal accounting of the number of writings of Bahá'u'lláh. [about]
  31. Police Forces Bearing Arms, Bahá'í Enlistment in, by Universal House of Justice, in Bahá'í Studies Bulletin, 3:4 (1995). Two letters from the House on joining armed police forces, e.g. the Ulster Defence Regiment and the police force in Northern Ireland, and whether they would be allowed to bear arms. Also discussion of consummating marriage, and marrying an atheist. [about]
  32. Religious Behavior and Neuroticism, Spontaneity, and Worldmindedness, by James J. Keene, in Sociometry, 30:2 (1967). Baha'is were included in a broad survey of religious thoughts and actions, and their attitudes statistically compared with followers of other faiths. [about]
  33. Social Basis of the Bábí Upheavals in Iran (1848-1953): A Preliminary Analysis, by Moojan Momen, in International Journal of Middle East Studies, 15 (1983). In the mid-19th century, Iran was shaken by unrest caused by the Babi movement, which set off a chain of events that led on the one hand, to the constitutional movement in Iran, and on the other, to the establishment of the now world-wide Baha'i Faith. [about]
  34. Social Organization of Mentorship in Bahá'í Studies, The, by Will C. van den Hoonaard, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 8:3 (1998). [about]
  35. Statistical Information on the Bahá'í Faith: 1994, by Bahá'í International Community, in The Bahá'ís. Statistics on the number of Baha'is in the world and in certain territories and the activities of Baha'is. [about]
  36. Statistical information on the Bahá'ís of the United States, 1979, by Bahá'í World Centre (1979). Document issued to delegates to the annual National Spiritual Assembly elections, April 1979. [about]
  37. Statistics on Members of the Universal House of Justice, in The Last Refuge: Fifty Years of the Universal House of Justice (2015). 2-page chart showing the nationality, years served, and membership changes of the Universal House of Justice, 1963-2015. [about]
  38. Ten Thousand Miles in Persia or Eight Years in Iran, by Percy Molesworth Sykes (1902). Brief overview of Babism, including estimate of numbers of Baha'is and Azalis in Kirman. [about]
  39. Texts, Sacred, Numbers and Classifications of, by Universal House of Justice, in Lights of Irfan, Volume 10 (2002). Three letters, from 2002, 2010, and 2013, about numbers of Sacred Texts catalogued by the Baha'i World Center and their classification into "authenticated," "revised," and "transcribed." [about]
  40. Women Serving as Continental Counselors or in the International Teaching Centre, Percentage of: 1980-2010, by Universal House of Justice (2013). Chart showing the percentage of women serving as members of the Continental Boards of Counsellors from 26 November 1980 — when the number of Boards was fixed at five — until November 2010. [about]
 
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