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Ex-Bahá'ís or former Bahá'ís are people who have been a member of the Bahá'í Faith at some time in their lives and later left it. The following is a list of notable ex-Bahá'ís, who have either converted to another religion or philosophy, or became non-religious. Bahá'ís who are not in good standing, having lost their voting rights for some transgression, are not considered ex-Bahá'ís.


Converted to an Abrahamic religionsEdit

Converted to ChristianityEdit

Converted to IslamEdit

Converted to Unitarian UniversalismEdit

Converted to other belief systemsEdit

  • Phoebe Hearst – American philanthropist, feminist and suffragist, she converted to the Bahá'í Faith in 1898 but later in life became estranged from the religion.[4]
  • Denis MacEoin – British analyst, writer, and lecturer, Bahá'í from about 1966 to about 1980, he departed after clashes with the Bahá'í administration, mostly due to his research works on Bábism.[3]
  • Alden Penner – Canadian musician, left in 2013 after personal differences with others in the Bahá'í community.[5]
  • Ehsan Yarshater – Although born into a Bahá'í family, he has had no affiliation with the religion as an adult,[6] and has said that he is not a Bahá'í.

Members of Bahá'u'lláh's familyEdit

Covenant-breaker is a term used by Bahá'ís to refer to a person who has been excommunicated from the Bahá'í community for the act of covenant-breaking, roughly defined as active opposition to the Bahá'í Faith from a current member. Among the descendants of Bahá'u'lláh, most were expelled for their opposition to `Abdu'l-Bahá and later Shoghi Effendi. The extended family were later almost wholly assimilated into Muslim society in Haifa, Israel, with no common religious activities.[7]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bruce 2000.
  2. ^ Afshar 2001.
  3. ^ a b Momen 2007.
  4. ^ Balyuzi 2001.
  5. ^ Kissel 2015.
  6. ^ Ashraf 2007.
  7. ^ MacEoin, Denis. "Bahai and Babi Schisms". Encyclopædia Iranica. In Palestine, the followers of Moḥammad-ʿAlī continued as a small group of families opposed to the Bahai leadership in Haifa; they have now been almost wholly re-assimilated into Muslim society.
  8. ^ Sohrab 1959.