List of former Baháʼís

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

Converted to Christianity[edit]

Converted to Islam[edit]

Members of Baháʼu'lláh's family[edit]

None of the descendants of Baháʼu'lláh are current members of the Baháʼí Faith. During the ministries of ʻAbdu'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.[4]


  • Denis MacEoin – British academic, Baháʼí from about 1966 to 1980, he departed after disagreements with Baháʼís, mostly due to his research.[5]
  • Alden Penner – Canadian musician, left in 2013 after personal differences with other Baháʼís.[6]
  • Juan Cole – Having converted to the Baháʼí Faith in 1972, Juan Cole resigned in 1996 and became uninterested in organized religion.[5]
  • 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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bruce 2000.
  2. ^ Afshar 2001.
  3. ^ Momen (2015). "ṢOBḤI, FAŻL-ALLĀH MOHTADI". Encyclopedia Iranica.
  4. ^ MacEoin, Denis. "Bahai and Babi Schisms". Encyclopædia Iranica. In Palestine, the followers of Moḥammad-ʻAlī 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.
  5. ^ a b Momen 2007.
  6. ^ Kissel 2015.
  7. ^ Sohrab 1959.