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Bahai Faith world - - - - 1970 Cavendish, Richard (ed.). Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural (vol. 2). New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp. (1970); pg. 208. "Today, over 100 years later, the Bahai faith has emerged from the obscurity of its beginnings in Persia and is now represented in countries and communities all over the world... The United States is one of the main strongholds of Bahaism. "
Bahai Faith world 1,191,745 - - - 1973 MacEoin, Denis. "Baha'ism " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. source: Hampson, A. "The Growth and Spread of the Baha'i Faith "]; pg. 492. "Table 13.1: Statistics on Baha'ism "; "Estimated number of adherents (1973) " [Total is 891,745 for world excluding Iran, plus "estimates for Iran vary between 150,000 and 300,000 "]
Bahai Faith world - - 17,037
units
335
countries
1973 MacEoin, Denis. "Baha'ism " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. source: Hampson, A. "The Growth and Spread of the Baha'i Faith "]; pg. 492. "Table 13.1: Statistics on Baha'ism " [Figure used for congregations figure is "Total local assemblies "]
Bahai Faith world 3,822,630 - - - 1975 MacEoin, Denis. "Baha'ism " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991) [reprint; 1st published in 1984]; pg. 493. "the 'World Christian Encyclopedia'... gives a fig. of 14,600 Baha'is in the U.K. in 1975, when [they prob. were] 5,000, [many] of whom were Iranian pioneers... the Encyclopedia's figure of 3,822,630 Baha'is world-wide in 1980 is similarly exaggerated. "
Bahai Faith world - - 25,000
units
343
countries
1979 MacEoin, Denis. "Baha'ism " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991 reprint; 1st pub. 1984). [Orig. source: Hampson, A. "The Growth and Spread of the Baha'i Faith "]; pg. 492. "Table 13.1: Statistics on Baha'ism " [Figure used for congregations figure is "Total local assemblies "]
Bahai Faith world - - - 192
countries
1982 *LINK* official web site (viewed 1998); web page: How Many Baha'is Are There? "; "Excerpted from The Baha'is, a publication of the Baha'i International Community. Pg. 14 " "It is important to qualify these figures by noting that, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia, some sects or sub-groups-of Christianity and Islam grew faster than the Bah??Faith during this period. None of these sects or sub-groups, however, were listed as having followers in more than 100 countries. The Baha'i Faith, was listed as having established "significant " communities in more than 192 countries in 1982, at the time of the Encyclopedia's publication. "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - - 1983 Berger, Gilda. Religion: A Reference First Book. New York: Franklin Watts (1983); pg. 9. "Today there are about 100,000 Baha'is in the U.S. and 5 million worldwide. "
Bahai Faith world 3,000,000 - - - 1984 Hatcher, William S. & J. Douglas Martin. The Baha'i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row (1984); pg. 167. "While precise statistics are now available, there appear to be just over 3 million Baha'is around the world, of whom nearly half live in one or other of the two largest national communities: India and Iran. "
Bahai Faith world - - 30,000
units
200
countries
1984 Hatcher, William S. & J. Douglas Martin. The Baha'i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row (1984); pg. 168. "Today there are 30,000 elected local spiritual assemblies, functioning in over two hundred independent states and major territories; and there are more than 100,000 centers where Baha'is or Baha'i groups, reside. "
Bahai Faith world - - - 200
countries
1984 Hatcher, William S. & J. Douglas Martin. The Baha'i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row (1984); pg. 61-62. "The Baha'i Faith has come to be widely recognized as one of the world's most rapidly growing religions, embracing adherents from almost every racial, social, cultural, and national origin, and carrying on... activities in some 200 sovereign states and major territories. "
Bahai Faith world - - - 200
countries
1984 Hatcher, William S. & J. Douglas Martin. The Baha'i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row (1984); pg. xiii. "The Baha'i Faith... has established its administrative institutions in over two hundred independent states and major territories... "
Bahai Faith world 3,500,000 - - - 1985 The Baha'is. Leicestershire, United Kingdom: Baha'i Publishing Trust of the U.K. (1994; 1st ed. 1992); pg. 14. "By 1985, it was estimated that there were about 3,500,000 Baha'is in the world. "
Bahai Faith world 3,500,000 - - - 1985 *LINK* official web site (viewed 1998); web page: How Many Baha'is Are There? "; "Excerpted from The Baha'is, a publication of the Baha'i International Community. Pg. 14 " "Over the last three decades, the number of Baha'is in the world has grown dramatically. It is estimated that there were about 400,000 Baha'is in the world in 1963, the year of the First Baha'i World Congress. By 1985, it was estimated that there were about 3,500,000 Baha'is in the world. In other words, the Baha'i Faith has grown by an estimated 1,500,000 believers over the last 6 years, an increase of roughly 43%. "
Bahai Faith world 3,500,000 - - - 1985 *LINK* web site: "News From Bree "; web page: "Fastest Growing Religion? " (viewed 9 Jan. 1999); "Last Update on 29th November 1998 " "The Baha'i Faith: Though less statistically minded, they estimate a membership of 400,000 in 1963, 3.5 million in 1985, 5 million in 1994. Source: Sects, Cults and Alternative Religions, David V Barrett. "
Bahai Faith world 5,676,287 - - - 1990 Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani
Bahai Faith world 4,000,000 - - - 1990 Fisher, Mary Pat & Robert Luyster. Living Religions, I.B. Tauris & Co.: New York (1990); pg. 343. "This message gradually spread, until today it has four million followers in most of the world's races, cultures, and geographic regions. They were formerly members of all the different religions, or none at all. "
Bahai Faith world - - 24,000
units
- 1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990), 33. "There are more than 24,000 local assemblies... followers of the faith now reside in 7,400 localities in the U.S.; 115,000 worldwide...
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - - 1991 The Baha'is. Leicestershire, United Kingdom: Baha'i Publishing Trust of the U.K. (1994; 1st ed. 1992); pg. 14. "Accurately estimating the number of any world religion is a difficult and complex task. In some regions of the world, religious persecution or government oppression may make individual believers reluctant to identify themselves. In other areas, poor communications or travel networks make it difficult to obtain data. With these difficulties in mind, demographers at the Baha'i World Centre have attempted to be as conservative as possible in estimating the number of Baha'is worldwide. Their most recent survey yielded an estimate of 5,000,000 Baha'is in 1991. "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - - 1991 *LINK* official web site (1998); web page: How Many Baha'is Are There? "; "Excerpted from The Baha'is, a publication of the Baha'i International Community. Pg. 14 " "With these difficulties in mind, demographers at the Baha'i World Centre have attempted to be as conservative as possible in estimating the number of Baha'is worldwide. Their most recent survey yielded an estimate of 5,000,000 Baha'is in 1991. "
Bahai Faith world 5,400,000 - - - 1991 *LINK* official web site (1998); web page: How Many Baha'is Are There? "; "Excerpted from The Baha'is, a publication of the Baha'i International Community. Pg. 14 " "The inherent conservatism of their methodology is evident when Baha'i statistics are compared with estimates made by other religious scholars. Each year, for example, the Encyclopaedia Britannica publishes a table of religious demographic statistics. According to the 1992 Britannica Book of the Year, there were 5,400,000 Baha'is worldwide in 1991. "
Bahai Faith world 4,000,000 - - - 1991 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: Office of Public Information, Baha'i International Community, New York]; pg. 190. "Baha'i... has an estimated membership of 4 million worldwide. "
Bahai Faith world - - - 205
countries
1992 The Baha'is. Leicestershire, United Kingdom: Baha'i Publishing Trust of the U.K. (1994; 1st ed. 1992); pg. 6. Graphic: "Geographic Spread of the World's Independent Religions "; "According to the 1992 Encyclopedia Britannica Book of the Year, the Baha'i Faith is established in 205 sovereign countries and dependent territories. This point was first made in 1982, in the World Christian Encyclopedia. That volume reported on the work of some 500 scholars, demographers and statisticians who conducted the first comprehensive survey of religious believers worldwide. "
Bahai Faith world - - - 205
countries
1992 *LINK* official web site (1998); web page: How Many Baha'is Are There? "; "Excerpted from The Baha'is, a publication of the Baha'i International Community. Pg. 14 " "More recent figures, reported in the 1992 Britannica Book of the Year, show the Baha'i Faith as having significant communities in 205 countries, second only to Christianity in its geographic spread. "
Bahai Faith world - - - 232
countries
1992 *LINK* official web site (1998); web page: How Many Baha'is Are There? "; "Excerpted from The Baha'is, a publication of the Baha'i International Community. Pg. 14 " "Statisticians at the Baha'i World Centre calculated in 1992 that the Faith is established in 232 countries and dependent territories. "
Bahai Faith world - - - 233
countries
1993 The Baha'is. Leicestershire, United Kingdom: Baha'i Publishing Trust of the U.K. (1994; 1st ed. 1992); pg. 14. "...recent figures, reported in the 1992 Britannica Book of the Year, show the Baha'I Faith as having significant communities in 205 countries, second only to Christianity in its geographic spread. Statisticians at the Baha'i World Centre calculated in 1993 that the Faith is established in 233 countries and dependent territories. "
Bahai Faith world - - 20,000
units
- 1993 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 58. "There are 165 National Assemblies and approximately 20,000 local Spiritual Assemblies worldwide. "
Bahai Faith world - - - 200
countries
1993 Clarke, Peter B. (editor), The Religions of the World: Understanding the Living Faiths, Marshall Editions Limited: USA (1993); pg. 206. "Baha'i communities are now found in more than 200 countries all over the world, with particularly large communities in India, Iran, South America, and Southeast Asia. "
Bahai Faith world 4,500,000 - - - 1993 Faux, Marian (ed.). The New York Public Library Sudent's Desk Reference. New York: Prentice Hall (1993); pg. 270. Table: "The World's Major Religions: How Big Are They? "; "Estimated number of followers of each religion. "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 0.09% - - 1993 Johnstone. Operation World. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan (1993); pg. 23. "Baha'I 0.09%. Five million... Declining in the Middle East where it originated. A missionary religion that is expanding elsewhere. Growth 5.5%. "
Bahai Faith world - - 20,000
units
- 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). "20,000 local assemblies [worldwide] "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - 233
countries
1994 The Baha'is. Leicestershire, United Kingdom: Baha'i Publishing Trust of the U.K. (1994; 1st ed. 1992); pg. 5. "...more than five million followers in at least 233 countries and dependent territories... Baha'is reside in more than 120,000 localities around the world... "
Bahai Faith world - - 17,148
units
- 1994 The Baha'is. Leicestershire, United Kingdom: Baha'i Publishing Trust of the U.K. (1994; 1st ed. 1992); pg. 7. Table: Statistics of the Baha'i world community "; Figures taken from column: "Local Spiritual Assemblies "
Bahai Faith world - - - - 1994 *LINK* Hexham, Irving. Concise Dictionary of Religion. Carol Stream, USA: InterVarsity Press (1994). (v. online 6 Oct. 1999) "BAHA'I FAITH...The movement has spread widely in Europe, America, Africa and in Eastern countries. The administrative center is at Haifa, Israel. "
Bahai Faith world 6,104,000 0.11% - - 1995 The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1997 (K-111 Reference Corp.: Mahwah, NJ), [Source: 1996 Encyc. Britannica Book of the Year]; pg. 646. Table: "Adherents of All Religions by Six Continental Areas, Mid-1995 "
Bahai Faith world 2,000,000 - - - 1995 *LINK* web site: "New Religious Movements " (University of Virginia); web page: "The Baha'i Faith " (viewed 31 Jan. 1999); "Created by Adele Skaff for Sociology 257, Fall, 1998. An earlier version of this page was created by: Elizabeth Williams, Spring Term, 1996. " "According to J. Gordon Melton, 1995 statistics, there are 127,000 Baha'is living in the United States and there are over 2 million worldwide. (Melton, 1996A:838) "
Bahai Faith world 6,404,000 0.11% - - 1996 The World Almanac & Book of Facts 1998 (K-111 Reference Corp.: Mahwah, NJ), [Source: 1997 Encyc. Britannica Book of the Year]; pg. 654. Table: "Adherents of All Religions by Six Continental Areas, Mid-1996 "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - - 1996 Occhiogrosso, Peter. The Joy of Sects: A Spirited Guide to the World's Religious Traditions. New York: Doubleday (1996); pg. 454. "Of the more than 5 million Bahais worldwide, over 400,000 still live in Iran? "
Bahai Faith world 6,104,000 - - - 1997 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997); pg. 160-161. List: "Top 10 Organized Religions in the World "; (Rank: 8)
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - 175
countries
1997 Breuilly, Elizabeth, et al. Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions & Festivals. Facts on File Inc.: New York, NY (1997); pg. 10 to 11. "There are 5 million Baha'is worldwide in more than 175 countries, with the largest concentrations in Africa (about 1 million) and the USA (about 300,000). "
Bahai Faith world 3,500,000 - - - 1997 Ganeri, Anita. Religions Explained: A Beginner's Guide to World Faiths, Henry Hold and Company: Markham, Ontario (1997); pg. 63. "Today, there are approximately 3.5 million Baha'is in the world... The largest Baha'i group is in India, where the religion has about 1 million followers. "
Bahai Faith world 5,500,000 - - - 1997 McMullen, Michael. "The Religious Construction of a Global Identity " in Contemporary American Religion: An Ethnographic Reader; edited by Penny Edgell Becker & Nancy L. Eiesland. Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press (1997); pg. 221. "After Rabbani's death, the first Universal House of Justice was elected in 1963, which continues to govern the world's 5.5 million Baha'is from... Haifa, Israel. "
Bahai Faith world 6,400,000 - - - 1997 *LINK* web site: "Kids Incorporated "; web page: "Religion Statistics " (viewed 5 July 1999). "The 1998 Yearbook of the Encyclopedia Britannica estimates 7,666,000 Baha'is in the world. The figure was 6.4 million in the 1997 Yearbook. "
Bahai Faith world 6,100,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* "Top 10 Organized Religions in the World " in Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 4, 1998, page B2. Table, with 2 columns: Religion, Members: "Christianity, 1.9 billion; Islam 1.1 billion; Hinduism, 781 mil.; Buddhism, 324 mil.; Sikhism, 19 mil.; Judaism, 14 mil.; Baha'ism, 6.1 mil.; Confucianism, 5.3 mil.; Jainism, 4.9 mil.; Shintoism, 2.8 mil. "
Bahai Faith world 6,764,000 0.11% - - 1998 World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000. Mahwah, NJ: PRIMEDIA Reference Inc. (1999). [Source: 1999 Encyc. Britannica Book of the Year]; pg. 695. Table: "Adherents of All Religions by Six Continental Areas, Mid-1998 "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - 204
countries
1998 *LINK* official web site; home page (viewed 27 Feb. 1999) "The Baha'i Faith is an independent world religion. With more than five million adherents residing in over 124,000 localities "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* Web site: "How to Find Truth and Update Your Religion " (c)1998 by George Norwood; web page: "The Baha'I Faith, Cults and Sects " (viewed 9 Jan. 1999) "In just over 100 years, the Baha'i Faith has grown into the second-most widespread independent world religion with over 5,000,000 members. The Baha'i Faith is one of the diverse organized body of people on the planet, made up of over 2,100 social, ethnic, racial and tribal groups. "
Bahai Faith world 7,666,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Kids Incorporated "; web page: "Religion Statistics " (viewed 5 July 1999). "The 1998 Yearbook of the Encyclopedia Britannica estimates 7,666,000 Baha'is in the world. The figure was 6.4 million in the 1997 Yearbook. "
Bahai Faith world 5,517,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Mike Croghan's Religion Page "; web page: "Baha'i Faith " (viewed 27 Feb. 1999; viewed & URL updated 1 July 1999) Table: "Table of Faiths "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - 235
countries
1998 *LINK* web site: "New Religious Movements " (University of Virginia); web page: "The Baha'i Faith " (viewed 31 Jan. 1999); "Created by Adele Skaff for Sociology 257, Fall, 1998. An earlier version of this page was created by: Elizabeth Williams, Spring Term, 1996. " "Size of Group: The Baha'i World Official Web Page, states there are over 5 million followers of the Baha'i Faith, located in 235 countries and territories. "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "United Church of Canada Inter-Faith Dialogue "; web page: "Baha'i Faith " (viewed 19 Feb. 1999), written by Fritz B. Voll, "Updated: Tue Jun 9 23:39:38 1998 " "The Baha'i faith has about five million adherents worldwide and close to twenty thousand in Canada. Its spiritual and administrative World Centre is in Haifa, Israel. "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - 232
countries
1998 *LINK* web site: New Religious Movements (University of Virginia) (1998); (viewed 31 Jan. 1999); "Created by Adele Skaff for Sociology 257, Fall, 1998. An earlier version of this page was created by: Elizabeth Williams, Spring Term, 1996. " "In at least 232 countries and dependent territories there are approximately 5 million members worldwide with more than 2100 different ethnic groups. "; [This was the original text, 1996 version. The page was updated in late 1998 and the text changed.]
Bahai Faith world 4,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (viewed circa Nov. 1998) [Original sources: J.W. Wright, Editor, The Universal Almanac, 1996, Andrews & McMeel, Kansas City. Greg H. Parsons, Executive Director, "U.S. Center for World Mission, " Pasadena, CA; quoted in Zondervan News Service, 1997-FEB-21.] Table: "Number of Adherents of World Religions "
Bahai Faith world 6,000,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance; web page: "The Baha'i Faith " (viewed 18 Feb. 1999) "The Baha'i Faith currently has about 6 million members worldwide. There are about 2.5 million adherents in India, 130,000 in the US, and 14,730 in Canada (1991 Census). "
Bahai Faith world 6,000,000 - - - 1999 Chryssides, George. Exploring New Religions. London, U.K.: Cassells (1999). "I have selected the best available [statistics], providing a range where adjudication is impossible... Baha'i: Britain: 6,000 (1997) (Weller); World: 6,000,000 (1999) [original source: Adherents.com] "
Bahai Faith world 6,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Spartos, Carlos. "Practical Piety: A Guide for the Perplexed " in Village Voice (New York), Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 1999; (viewed online, 29 Jan. 1999) Baha'i Faith: "Membership: U.S.: 100,000 to 130,000. World: 5 to 6 million. "
Bahai Faith world 6,000,000 - 20,000
units
205
countries
1999 *LINK* web page "Baha'is of Flemington, New Jersey, U.S.A. " Countries (205) from table under heading "...and where are the Baha'is? " [Shows number of countries major religions are in.]; Under graphic heading: "Unity in Diversity: "Number of Baha'is in the world: 6 million; National Spiritual Assemblies in the world: 165; Number of local Spiritual Assemblies: 20,000; Baha'i Houses of Worship (one Center on each continent): 7; Sites for future Baha'i Houses of Worship: 122; Number of Baha'is in the United States: 116,000; Number of localities where Baha'is live in U.S: 7,000 "
Bahai Faith world 7,111,661 0.12% - - 2000 Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani. Percent: Bahai pop./country pop. from PRB (http://www.prb.org): 6,062,866,483
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - - 2000 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "Baha'is Prayerfully To Choose National Convention Delegate " in Salt Lake Tribune (14 Oct 2000) "The Baha'i religion, with more than 5 million believers worldwide... "
Bahai Faith world 5,000,000 - - - 2001 *LINK* Keyser, Jason (AP). "In a Land of War, a Garden of Peace " in Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr 2001. "The world's 5 million Baha'i are scattered throughout the globe... "
Bahai Faith Yemen 700 - - - 1990 Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani
Bahai Faith Yemen 1,000 0.01% - - 2000 Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani. Percent: Bahai pop./country pop. from PRB (http://www.prb.org): 17,030,000
Bahai Faith Yugoslavia 1,200 - - - 1990 Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani
Bahai Faith Yugoslavia 1,321 0.01% - - 2000 Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani. Percent: Bahai pop./country pop. from PRB (http://www.prb.org): 10,662,000
Bahai Faith Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) 170,000 - - - 1990 Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani
Bahai Faith Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) 224,596 0.43% - - 2000 Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001) Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani. Percent: Bahai pop./country pop. from PRB (http://www.prb.org): 51,965,000


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