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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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  • 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
  • The bahai school in Teheran worked under cover for some years.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • Similarly in Bombay,473 the bahai teacher concealed his faith.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • But to find the supreme example of bahai tagiya we have to go to the fountainhead.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • Mr. Phelps, like many bahai writers, would ignore the charges.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • Another bahai libelled this man to his employers in hope of injuring him.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • The next man, a bahai, told me the number was about one hundred and fifty.

    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
  • 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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