Where are the 7 million Baha’is ??Posted: July 3, 2012
From the late Jackson Ingram-Armstrong:
The Encyclopedia Britannica numbers were provided by Baha’i apologists, and EB has fallen to so low an estate that it simply prints what is provided.
There are virtually no Baha’is in continental Europe. 700 in Holland, similar in Spain, 2,000 each in Germany and France, fewer in Italy. From a demographic point of view this may as well be “zero.”
There are rumored to be about 5,000 in the UK but who knows what that means, and it is not a lot anyway. Likewise the former Soviet Union has very few Baha’is. Almost none in China. So, with Europe, Eurasia and China out of the way, where are they?
There are 60,000 adult Baha’is with good addresses in the US, 12,500 in Canada. So much for North America.
There are 2,000 at most in the Arab world. There were less than 100,000 registered before the Revolution in Iran. Maybe 10,000, mostly Iranian refugees, in Turkey. Maybe 25,000 in Pakistan (mainly former Hindus, mainly rural peasants). So the Middle East is likewise very small.
There are 10,000 in Thailand. There were 100,000 in Vietnam before the revolution, but few are likely to remain. There are very few, then, in all of Southeast Asia. There are only a couple of thousand in Japan, and a similar number in Korea. East Asia is a wash.
All that is really left is Latin America, subsaharan Africa, and India. 2 million are claimed in India but insiders say the true number of real Baha’is there is closer to 100,000. Indians like to ‘join’ things, but go on being Hindus. I very much doubt there are millions of Baha’is in Latin America (Mexico appears to have almost none, e.g.). Columbia and Bolivia at one time had a few tens of thousands each, to my recollection, but that is not the same as millions.
I can’t speak for subsaharan Africa. The biggest community was Uganda with 100,000, but it has been greatly disrupted in the last 2 decades by war and dictatorship, and one doesn’t know how many are left.