Rouhi Rowshani

Born: 1922, Usku, Azerbaijan

Abducted and missing in Tehran since 3 January 1980


After completing his primary and high school education, Rouhi Rowshani obtained a degree from the College of Humanities at Tehran University.  He was then employed by the Ministry of Education.  He later married and pioneered to Sari in 1958 for some 11 years to propogate the Baha’i Faith.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Sari during that time.  In 1969, he was transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture in Tehran and a year later he was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly of Tehran.  He served in that capacity until the time of his abduction and disappearance, in 1980.  He was a great speaker and writer; at the age of 26 he wrote a book entitled Khatamiyyat.

In 1978, he was told that he had colon cancer and travelled twice to the United Kingdom for surgery and treatment.  Then on 3 January 1980, he was kidnapped while driving home from the offices of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Tehran.  His car was blocked off by two other vehicles and some armed men forced him out of his vehicle and into theirs.  Despite tireless efforts to locate his whereabouts he was 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.