Bahiyyeh Naderi

Born: 1918, Kashan

Abducted and disappeared in Tehran on 21 August 1980


Bahiyyeh Naderi was born into a Baha’i family.  She commenced her schooling at the Baha’i school of Kashan and then spent two years of her junior high school in Tehran.  After the closure of all Baha’i schools in Iran, she was tutored privately, and while acquiring her high school diploma also studied secretarial skills.  She married in 1936.  For many years, her family pioneered to various cities in Iran.  She was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Tehran in 1953 and to the National Spiritual Assembly[2] of Iran in 1958.  She was a member in that capacity for 14 years.  She was elected again to the Local Spiritual Assembly of Tehran in 1972, and to the National Spiritual Assembly in 1979.

On 21 August 1980, the National Spiritual Assembly had a joint meeting with two Auxiliary Board members[3], Yousef Abbasian Milani and Heshmatollah Rowhani, to discuss the situation of the Baha’is imprisoned in Yazd and Hamadan.  At approximately 4 pm, the meeting was raided by a number of Pasdars.  The members of the National Spiritual Assembly, including herself and Abdol-Hosein Taslimi, Ebrahim Rahmani, Hosein Naji, Manouher Ghaem-Maghami, Ataollah Mogharrabi, Yousef Ghadimi, Houshang Mahmoudi and Kambiz Sadeghzadeh, as well as the two Auxiliary Board members, were abducted.  They were never seen or heard from again.


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[1]  Local Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of a particular area, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Baha’i community of that area.

[2]  National Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of each country, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Bahá’í community of that particular country.

[3] Auxiliary Board Members: group of individuals appointed by the Continental Board of Counselors for a five year term.  Their responsibility is to encourage individuals and strengthen Baha’i communities in their area of service - usually smaller regions within a country.  Auxiliary Board Members have a consultative role in relation to the Local Spiritual Assemblies.