Read: Baha'i World Statistics 2001


National Spiritual Assemblies

Local Spiritual Assemblies

 

Africa 

46

Africa

3,808

 

Americas       

43

Americas      

3,152

 

Asia   

39

Asia  

2,948

 

Australasia    

17

Australasia       

856

 

Europe           

37

Europe              

976

 

 

World Total  

182

World Total 

11,740

 

 

 

 

Countries the Bahá'í Faith is established:
independent countries

Countries the Bahá'í Faith is established:
- dependent territories / overseas departments

Africa             

53

Africa            

5

Americas      

35

Americas     

17

Asia               

44

Asia               

3

Australasia   

14

Australasia  

13

Europe          

44

Europe           

8

World Total 

190

World Total  

46

 

 

 

Localities where Bahá'ís reside

Indigenous tribes, races,
and ethnic groups

Africa             

30,003

Africa            

1,250

Americas      

24,502

Americas        

340

Asia               

59,821

Asia                

250

Australasia      

6,746

Australasia     

250

Europe             

6,309

Europe             

22

World Total 

127,381

World Total  

2,112

 

 

 

Continental Counsellors

Auxiliary Board Members

 

Africa             

19

Africa             

234

 

Americas      

19

Americas      

234

 

Asia               

19

Asia               

288

 

Australasia    

11

Australasia   

108

 

Europe          

13

Europe          

126

 

 

World Total    

91

World Total   

990

 

 

 

 

Languages into which Bahá'í literature is translated

Bahá'í Publishing Trusts

Africa            

266

Africa            

7

Americas     

172

Americas      

3

Asia              

174

Asia              

9

Australasia   

110

Australasia   

2

Europe           

80

Europe         

12

World Total   

802

World Total   

33

 

Notes

Information about National Spiritual Assemblies, Continental
Counsellors, Auxiliary Board members, and Publishing Trusts is as
of Ridván 2001, as are the figures on the countries and territories
where the Faith is established.

The statistics for Local Spiritual Assemblies and localities come
primarily from the 2000 Annual Statistical Reports from National
Spiritual Assemblies, which contain information as of 2 May 2000.
Especially the latter figures should be taken as estimates since it is
not always possible for National Spiritual Assemblies to provide
exact counts.

The figures for indigenous tribes, races and ethnic groups and for
languages into which Bahá'í literature is translated, were last
updated in 1986.

Issued by the Department of Statistics, Bahá'í World Centre,
August 2001 CE.


Below are given a comparative table and some charts to get a view of the growth of the Bahá'í Faith.



1968

± 1986

2001

National Spiritual Assemblies

81

165

182

Local Spiritual Assemblies

6,840

18,232

11,740

Countries the Bahá'í Faith is established:
independent countries

187

190

Countries the Bahá'í Faith is established:
- dependent territories / overseas departments

45

46

Localities where Bahá'ís reside

31,572

>116,000

127,381

Indigenous tribes, races,
and ethnic groups

1,179

>2,100

2,112

Languages into which Bahá'í literature is translated

417

800

802

Bahá'í Publishing Trusts

9

26

33







Note:

The fall in the number of Local Spiritual Assemblies can be explained with the following quotes from the Universal House of Justice:

Ridvan Message of the Universal House of Justice, Ridvan 157, 2000, p. 3:

While the restriction of the formation of Local Spiritual Assemblies to the first day of Ridvan, which took effect in 1997, produced the anticipated decrease in the number of these institutions, the fall was not drastic.


Letters of The Universal House of Justice, 1995 Oct 26, Message to Continental Board of Counsellors, p. 7:

Election of Local Spiritual Assemblies

In developing the Administrative Order, the Guardian established the First Day of Ridvan as the day when all Local Spiritual Assemblies should be elected. During his own lifetime, this practice was followed as the number of Local Assemblies steadily grew to over one thousand.

In the subsequent two decades the Faith expanded greatly, especially in the rural areas of the world, often remote and difficult to reach. In view of this development, the Universal House of Justice decided in 1977 that, in certain cases, when the local friends failed to elect their Spiritual Assembly on the First Day of Ridvan, they could do so on any subsequent day of the Ridvan Festival. This permission did not apply to all localities, but to those that, in the judgement of the National Spiritual Assembly, were partic- ularly affected by such factors as illiteracy, remoteness, and unfamiliarity with concepts of Bahá'í Administration. The House of Justice also gave permission at the beginning of the Five Year Plan for Assemblies being formed for the first time to be elected at any point during the year.

These provisions have enabled the believers in a large number of localities to receive assistance in electing their Local Spiritual Assemblies, and much experience has been gained in strengthening Local Assemblies under diverse conditions in a vast array of cultural settings. Nevertheless, in principle, the initiative and responsibility for electing a Local Spiritual Assembly belong primarily to the Bahá'ís in the locality, and assistance from outside is ultimately fruitful only if the friends become conscious of this sacred responsibility. As progress is made in the training of human resources and in the development of the entire range of Bahá'í community life, the capacity of the friends to elect their Local Spiritual Assemblies on their own will certainly grow.

With these thoughts in mind, we have decided that, beginning at Ridvan 1997, the practice of electing all Local Spiritual Assemblies on the First Day of Ridvan will be reinstituted. We recognize that the immediate result may be a reduction in the number of Local Spiritual Assemblies at Ridvan 1997, but we are confident that subsequent years will witness a steady increase.

The National Spiritual Assemblies and their agencies on the one hand, and the Counsellors and their auxiliaries on the other, clearly have a duty to foster the establishment and development of Bahá'í communities, including their divinely ordained local institutions. This duty can be discharged mainly through sustained educational programmes which create in the believers the awareness of the importance of the Teachings in every area of their indi- vidual and social lives and which engender in them the desire and determination to elect and support their Local Spiritual Assemblies. These programmes should take full advantage of the provision that has been made for the temporary formation of administrative committees of three or more members in localities where Local Assemblies are not elected, or where the members of a Local Assembly fail to meet.

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