Shiva Mahmoudi Asadollah-Zadeh

Born: 13 July 1945, Tehran

Executed by firing squad in Tehran on 4 January 1982


Shiva Mahmoudi Asadollah-Zadeh was born into a Baha’i family.  She graduated from Tehran University with a degree in Economics.  She worked as teacher and later worked in the National Television and Radio of Iran.  In 1980, during the Islamic Revolution, she was dismissed from her employment for her adherence to the Baha’i Faith.

In 1980 she was elected on the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of the Baha’is of Tehran. On 2 November 1981, she was arrested during a Local Spiritual Assembly meeting, together with five other members of the Assembly, Kourosh Talaie, Khosrow Mohandesi, Eskandar Azizi, Fathollah Ferdowsi and Ataollah Yavar, as well as their hostess Shidrokh Amir-Kiya (Bagha).  They were imprisoned for two months and executed on 4 January 1982.  Their bodies were not returned to their families; it is believed they were buried by the authorities. Shiva Mahmoudi’s paternal uncle, Houshang Mahmoudi was a member of the National Spiritual Assembly[2] of the Baha’is of Iran and was among those who were kidnapped on 21 August 1980 in Tehran.  Her father-in-law, Hosein Asadollah-Zadeh was also executed in Tabriz on 29 July 1981.


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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.