Baharieh Rouhani Maani
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Baharieh Rouhani Maani is the author of Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees, An In-depth Study of the Lives of Women Closely Related to the Bab and Baha’u’llah; Against Incredible Odds, Life of a 20th Century Iranian Baha’i Family; Laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Tracing Their Evolution in Religious History, co-authored with Sovaida Maani Ewing; Asiyijh Khanum, the Most Exalted Leaf, entitled Navvab and numerous articles in English and Persian, mostly on the status of women in religion. She has translated from the Persian Years of Silence and “Glimpses of `Abdu’l-Baha, Excerpts from the Memoirs of Muhammad-Shafi` Rouhani (Rawhani) of His Thirty-nine Day Pilgrimage in April/May 1921,” published in The Baha’i World, Volume XIX. She has also translated many Tablets revealed to and about women, some of which after approval have been included in the Compilation on Women and cited in her publications and talks on gender equality and the status of women in religion.
She was born in Shiraz to Baha’i parents from the lineage of early martyrs of Nayriz. At Reza Shah Kabir High School in Shiraz, she was the president of Students’ Council and general editor of students’ newspaper “Partawv-i Afkar.” She studied Persian literary works at the University of Shiraz, Iran, before settling as Baha’i pioneer in Kenya before the end of Shoghi Effendi’s Ten Year Global Plan. At the invitation of the Universal House of Justice, she joined the staff of the Baha’i World Centre (1971-2009) and served as Coordinator in the Department of Holy Places, as Secretary-Aide to two members of the Supreme Body, as Special Project Aide to the Aqdas Translation Committee and to the Library, Archives and Research Policy Committee. She also acted as the Ballot Officer for several International Baha’i Conventions and as guide for pilgrims visiting the International Archives. She has one daughter and one granddaughter and currently lives in the United States of America.