The Bahá’í Faith began in Persia (now Iran) in 1844 with the declaration of the Báb and, since then, has spread to virtually every country and territory in the world.  Members Bahá’í Community have endured heavy persecution at various times throughout the history of the Faith. The leadership of the Faith has undergone several significant changes as it has passed through successive stages of development. For a comprehensive look at the history of the Bahá’í Faith,  vist info.bahai.org/.