Ahang Rabbani, Statistician and Translator, Passes Away

Ahang Rabbani 1Ahang Rabbani, a prolific translator of Bahá’í historical works, passed to the Abhá Kingdom on October 26 at age 57. Born in Tehran, he obtained his high-school and undergraduate degrees in Texas and a PhD in Statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. In the 1980s he served at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel, where he directed the Statistics Department. He then moved to Houston, Texas, where he continued his scholarly efforts. Dr. Rabbani never served as faculty for the Wilmette Institute, but some of his translations were used in its courses, notably his article “The Conversion of the Great-Uncle of the Báb,” which appeared in World Order magazine in Spring 1999 (30:3) and which detailed the circumstances and the date of revelation of the Kitáb-i-Íqán. He published two additional articles in World Order: “`Abdu’l-Bahá’s Meetings with Two Prominent Iranians,” vol. 30, no 1 (Fall, 1998) and “The Bahá’í Problem’: A Report to the Shah, 1901,” vol. 31, no 2 (Winter 1999–2000). He translated numerous other historical accounts from Persian into English, greatly enriching English-language literature about the history of the Iranian Bahá’í community. Rabbani leaves behind a wife, two sons, two sisters, and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces.