How Participation in Social Action Can Serve as a Non-adversarial Approach to Non-violent Resistance

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There are several notable movements that followed a non-violent path and changed the course of history through various means. However, there were few minorities who followed a non-adversarial approach and were able to resist peacefully in the face of over 170 years of oppression and injustice.
The Baha’is in Iran have suffered from persecution and hostility since the inception of the religion. Despite the majority of Iranians showing no animosity towards Baha’is (Karlberg, 2010: 223), they have been on the receiving end of a full range of human rights abuse such as execution, torture, imprisonment without trial, social and economic exclusion, seizure of property and assets and desecration of holy places and gravesites.
Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 there has been a renewed wave of anti-Baha’i persecution and violence (Karlberg, 2010: 223), the severity of which attracted the attention of the world – alerting the global media, various agencies of the U.N., human rights movements and civil society both within Iran and it’s diaspora, calling their attention to the plight of the Baha’is. These on-going campaigns most certainly have shed light on the matter and lead to an increasing interest on the fundamental verities of a new Faith that seeks unity and justice. The focus of this essay is to assess the response of the Iranian Baha’I community to persecution in a way that is…
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