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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 ChristianityEdit

Converted to IslamEdit

Members of Bahá'u'lláh's familyEdit

None of the descendants of Bahá'u'lláh are current members of the Bahá'í Faith. During the ministries of `Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi all of them were expelled due to their opposition to leadership or attempts at schism. The extended family were later almost wholly assimilated into Muslim society in Haifa, Israel, with no common religious activities.[3]


  • Denis MacEoin – British academic, Bahá'í from about 1966 to 1980, he departed after disagreements with Bahá'ís, mostly due to his research.[4]
  • Alden Penner – Canadian musician, left in 2013 after personal differences with other Bahá'ís.[5]
  • Juan Cole – Having converted to the Bahá'í Faith in 1972, Juan Cole resigned in 1996 and became uninterested in organized religion.[4]
  • Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler, his wife Julia Lynch Olin, and Ahmad Sohrab – Co-founded the New History Society in New York City and were expelled after conflicts with the Local Spiritual Assembly.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bruce 2000.
  2. ^ Afshar 2001.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b Momen 2007.
  5. ^ Kissel 2015.
  6. ^ Sohrab 1959.