Religion, Social Change and Responding to Persecution – the Case of the Bahá’i Community in Iran

Kishan Manocha

Date: June 8, 2013

Location: Oxford

Kishan Manchoa speaks of the intense state persecution and violence against the Bahá’is in Iran. He says that the “Bahá’is in Iran have been violently targeted from the very beginning in the mid-19th century, despite their peace-inducing teachings.” With the establishment of an Islamic state after the revolution, the violence towards the 300,000 Bahá’is in the country reached unprecedented levels, a condition that he labeled “an ideological genocide.”