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STATISTICS ON NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLIES (NSAS) refers to the number of National Spiritual Assemblies
National Spiritual Assemblies
, which are approximately national levels of institutional administration of the Bahá\'í Faith , in the world. NSAs exist in most member states of the United Nations (UN) but also in some nations that are not recognized by the UN. Generally there are two levels of legal status of a National Spiritual Assembly: when it is established and recognized by the administrative order of the Bahá'í Faith, and second when it attains or loses a legal recognized status in the country wherein it is established. This fluctuation of legal status is notable mostly in Muslim countries
Muslim countries
that used to have NSAs in the 1920s to 40s but have lost them since the 1950s due to restrictions on religious activity other than Islam, Christianity and Judaism (see Persecution of Bahá\'ís ). Additionally some NSAs come into existence due to the splitting off from a National Assembly that has multi-national jurisdiction from a Bahá'í point of view. For example, originally the National Spiritual Assemblies of the United States and Canada, were in fact a single institution though now are separate. Other times NSAs come into existence when the nation they were established in has itself split into separate nations (for example when the Soviet Union split into Armenia
Armenia
, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
, Georgia , Belarus
Belarus
, Ukraine
Ukraine
, Moldova
Moldova
, Russia , Lithuania
Lithuania
, Latvia
Latvia
, Estonia
Estonia
, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
, Tajikistan , Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan
and Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
)

There are no rules about when a National Spiritual Assembly can be established in a country by the Baha'is, but generally speaking it is a statement of the complexity of the community: that there are enough Bahá'ís in the country, enough Local Spiritual Assemblies , a need for the Bahá'ís in the country to own properties beyond the jurisdiction of any particular Local Spiritual Assembly, and that a National Assembly with jurisdiction across the whole country from a Bahá'í organizational point of view is required.

CONTENTS

* 1 Totals * 2 Chronology * 3 See also * 4 References

TOTALS

YEAR NUMBER OF NSAS

1923 3

1936 10

1953 12

1963 56

1973 113

1979 125

1988 148

2001 182

2008 184

CHRONOLOGY

Below are dates of the establishment and recognition of National Spiritual Assemblies from the Bahá'í point of view. Other than in predominantly Muslim counties, countries where there are no NSAs include most where most any religious institution is illegal such as in North Korea
North Korea
. In 2008 there were 184 National Spiritual Assemblies and in 2006, there are 192 United Nations
United Nations
member states . Most of the below list comes from THE BAHá\'í FAITH: 1844-1963: INFORMATION STATISTICAL AND COMPARATIVE, INCLUDING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE TEN YEAR INTERNATIONAL BAHá\'í TEACHING & CONSOLIDATION PLAN 1953-1963

1923: British Isles, Austria & Germany, India

1924: Egypt

1925: United States of America and Canada

1931: Iraq

1934: Australia and New Zealand, Persia

1948: Canada

1953: Italy and Switzerland

1956: Central & East Africa, North West Africa, South Arabia; New Zealand; North East Asia (Japan), Pakistan, South East Asia; Mexico and the Republics of Central America; The Greater Antilles; The Republics of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela; The Republics of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay Scandinavia and Finland; the Benelux Countries; The Iberian Peninsula.

1958: France

1959: Austria, Burma, South Pacific, Turkey,

1961: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina.

1962: Belgium, Ceylon, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy

1964 Hawaii, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam

1967 Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Laos, Belize, Sikkim

1969 Papua New Guinea

1972 Afghanistan

1972 Singapore, Iceland

1972 Republic of Ireland

1974 Hong Kong, South East Arabia

1975 Niger

1977 Greece

1978 Burundi, Mauritania, the Bahamas, Oman, Qatar, the Mariana Islands, Cyprus

1980: Transkei

1981 Namibia, and Bophuthatswana; the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, and Bermuda; Tuvalu. re-formation in Uganda

1984: Cape Verde Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, French Guiana, Grenada, Martinique, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Yemen, Canary Islands

1990: Macau

1991 Czechoslovakia, Romania & Soviet Union

1992: Greenland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus
Belarus
Russia, Georgia Central Asia, Bulgaria, Baltic States, Albania, Poland, Hungary, Niger (re-elected) (as many new NSAs came into existence in this one year as all the NSAs that existed in 1953.)

1994: Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Slovenia & Croatia,

1995: Eritrea, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Sicily.

1996: Sao Tome ">

* ^ A B Hassall, Graham. "Notes on Research on National Spiritual Assemblies". Research notes. Asia Pacific Bahá'í Studies. Retrieved 2008-12-21. * ^ Baha\'i World Statistics 2001 by Baha'i World Center Department of Statistics, 2001-08 * ^ The Life of Shoghi Effendi by Helen Danesh, John Danesh and Amelia Danesh, Studying the Writings of Shoghi Effendi, edited by M. Bergsmo (Oxford: George Ronald, 1991) * ^ The Bahá\'í Faith: 1844-1963: Information Statistical and Comparative, Including the Achievements of the Ten Year International Bahá\'í Teaching

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