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Bahaʾi

or Bahai, Bahāʾī

[buh-hah-ee, -hahy] /bəˈhɑ i, -ˈhaɪ/
noun, plural Bahaʾis.
1.
a religion founded in Iran in 1863 by Husayn ʿAlī (called Bahaullah), teaching the essential worth of all religions, the unity of all peoples, and the equality of the sexes.
2.
an adherent of Bahaʾi.
adjective
3.
of or relating to Bahaʾi or Bahaʾis.
Origin of Bahaʾi
< Persian < Arabic bahāʾ (Allāh) Bahaullah, literally, splendor (of God) + suffix of appurtenance
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  • I conversed with several of the bahai ladies, two of whom acted as instructors of the meeting.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • Dreyfus writes,12 "Probably half the population of Persia is bahai."

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • bahai law follows the Moslem law in prohibiting the use of alcohol as a beverage, as did the law of the Bab.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • The unity in bahai Assemblies is on so small a scale as to be not worthy of mention.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • It is confined to bahai subjects, giving many of Abdul Baha's "revelations."

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • The world and its events are to be reckoned from the bahai cycle.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • The bahai school in Teheran worked under cover for some years.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • A considerable body of bahai literature and "revelation" is accessible.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • Each will be composed of nine or more bahai men elected by the people.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson

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