BBC: Iran's Bahai community fear rise in persecution

"The Bahai faith emerged after a split in Shia Islam in the 19th Century. It was founded in Iran - but it has long been banned in its country of origin. The Bahais consider Bahaullah, born in 1817, to be the latest prophet sent by God. Followers of the faith have faced discrimination in Iran both before and after the 1979 revolution. The religion was not recognised by the post-revolutionary constitution, and its followers have limited rights under Iranian laws."


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