The Bahá'í Faith:  The second most "global" religion.

In just over 100 years, the Bah Faith has grown from an obscure movement in the Middle East to become the second-most widespread of the independent world religions. Embracing people from more than 2,100 ethnic, racial and tribal groups, it is likely the most diverse organized body of people on the planet. The unity it has achieved within this great diversity challenges prevailing theories about human nature and the prospects for our common future.  It challenges the uncritical assent given to the proposition that human beings are incorrigibly selfish and aggressive and thus incapable of erecting a social system at once progressive and peaceful, dynamic and harmonious, a system giving free play to individual creativity and initiative but based on co-operation and reciprocity.

The Bahá'ís have established "significant" communities in more countries and territories than any other independent religion with the exception of Christianity.  According to the 1992 Encyclopaedia Britannica Book of the Year, the Bahá'í Faith is established in 205 sovereign countries and dependent territories (see graph below.)

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.

Baha'i House of Worship in New Delhi, India
Another link to the Baha'i Houses of Worship

http://www.infonet.st-johns.nf.ca/bahai/temples.html  (to see all the Baha'i Temples around the world)

Geographic Spread of the World's Independent Religions:
 
- Number of countries with significant communities:
 
Christianity - 254
Bahá'í Faith - 205
Islam - 172
Judaism - 125
Hinduism - 88
Buddhism - 86
 
Excerpted from "The Bahá'ís," a publication of the Bahá'í International Community (p. 6).  Also here.

For more information click here: http://bahaifaith.homestead.com/BahaiFaith.pdf


A Statistical Snapshot of the Baháí Community
As of 1996
 
 
Total number of Baháís worldwide:
more than 6,000,000
 Number of independent countries where the Faith is established:
189 *
Dependent territories or overseas departments where the Faith is established:
46 *
Number of national or regional governing councils:
(known as National Spiritual Assemblies)
174
Number of local governing bodies (local spiritual assemblies):
17,780 *
 Number of localities worldwide where Baháís reside:
 more than 120,000
Tribes, races and ethnic groups where members are represented
in the Baháí world community:
more than 2,100
Languages into which Bahá'ulláhs writings have been translated:
more than 800
Publishing Trusts:
30 *
Radio stations:
7 **
Schools:
741 **
Literacy programs (examples 1 , 2 , 3 & 4):
203 **
Other development projects: (also see second site)
670 **
 
* As of 1994
** As of 1992

Prayers in other languages: http://www.bahaiprayers.org/languages.htm

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