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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Rasekhoon

[Date:] 28 Shahrivar 1395 [18 September 2016]

 

Author: Maryam Sadeghi

Alimorad Davoudi, the Baha’i Cultural Element

One of the Baha’is working in the field of culture was Dr. Alimorad Davoudi. He was a university professor, writer and translator, and was one of the prominent Baha’i figures. After receiving his doctorate, he became a professor at the University of Tehran. Davoudi began teaching and lecturing in the Baha’i gatherings, and writing articles for the Baha’i magazines.

At this time, the Baha’is, with the help of university officials, tried to teach and attract Muslim youth to Baha’ism. We will mention only one example of their activities at the University of Tabriz:

“From 1351 [1972] onwards, the activity of Baha’is in the cultural and educational centres of the country increased significantly, and the University of Tabriz was not excluded from this expansion.”

In the report we read:

“... [Between] 9:00 and 12:00 on Friday, 14 January, a meeting of young Baha’i college students was held at the home of Major Dr. Bargh-Asa, an army officer in Tabriz, and a number of deans and professors, including the vice chancellor of the Medical School, and Dr. Mir-Aftabi, were present at the meeting.

Another report on the intensification of Baha’i activities by using Baha’i women and girls to attract and recruit new members states:

“Their activities were carried out by the active Baha’i teachers ... in the midwifery school the active Baha’i teacher was Ms. Firouzi, in the Department of Education was Mr. Yazdani and Mrs. Mazhari, in the Department of Health and Family Planning were Miss Yazdani Zonuzi of the Health Corps, and also a person by the name Karimpour, a visitor of Sandoz Pharmaceutical Factories and Mrs. Mazhari was a primary school teacher and an active Baha’i teacher at Parvaneh School.”

In the following years, the scope of their activities at the University of Tabriz was increased, where they openly propagated Baha’ism. Among the Baha’is who were openly active in the universities was a man named Masoud Fanaian, whose father was the managing director of the Zamzam factories in Shiraz, and Mrs. Minou Ansari, a typist for the Tabriz Water Organization, who preached in the community.