The Baha'i Faith is a religion that originated in the Middle East in the mid-19th century but can now be said to be global in its spread and to have the concept and goal of globalization at the heart of its teachings.


The Baha'i Faith arose out of the Babi religion. Baha'u'llah (1817–1892, q.v.), the founder of the religion, was exiled from his native Iran successively to Baghdad, Istanbul, Edirne, and finally to Akka (Acco) in what was then the Ottoman province of Syria and now is in the state of Israel. The spiritual center of the Baha'i Faith is the shrine of Baha'u'llah near Akka, while the world administrative center is on Mt. Carmel in Haifa. Under the successive leaders of the Baha'i Faith, ...

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