Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 293–309 | Cite as

The Immigration Experience of Iranian Baha’is in Saskatchewan: The Reconstruction of Their Existence, Faith, and Religious Experience

  • Miki Talebi
  • Michel Desjardins
Original Paper


For approximately 150 years, Baha’is in Iran have been persecuted on the basis of their religion. Limitations to aspects of their lives have compelled them to face “civic death” or migrate to other countries. This qualitative pilot study explored the experience of forced migration and how religion attenuates the disruption to the lives of Iranian Baha’is. Adaptive strategies that four participants utilised to re-establish continuity were examined. Participants who were satisfied with their lives developed a way to allow parallel cultural traditions (Iranian and Canadian) to co-exist; those who could not integrate found it difficult to maintain a balance between these traditions.


Immigration experience Iranian Baha’i Religion Acculturation strategies Qualitative research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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