Abdu'l-Baha's Proclamation on the Persecution of Baha'is in 1903 | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1354-8697
  • E-ISSN: 2040-1701


This is a provisional translation of an account by Abdu'l-Baha of the persecutions of the Baha'is of Iran that erupted in 1903. There were outbursts in Rasht and Isfahan followed by a pogrom in Yazd and surrounding regions, which resulted in nearly two hundred deaths. This treatise by Abdu'l-Baha was intended to bring this episode to the attention of the western Baha'is and to marshal public support in curbing the persecutions of Baha'is of Iran. It was originally translated and published in the United States as though the author were Haji Mirza Haydar Ali Isfahani. The present provisional retranslation is based on the original text.


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Keyword(s): 1903; Abdu'l-Baha; Baha'i history; Baha'i persecutions; Iran; Isfahan; Rasht; Yazd
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