Hassan Barnabas Dehgani-Tafte

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Hassan Barnabas Dehgani-Tafte 1920-2008. Dehgani-Tafti was an Anglican Bishop in Teheran and later Archbishop for the Middle East in Jerusalem. While he died a natural death at age 87, he lived in exile after 1980 and lived with the memory of the murder of his son Bahram in 1980. After that murder he published in Iran a prayer of forgiveness for the killers. I was attracted to Delgani-Tafti after reading The Hard Awakening (1981). His unique position in an Islamic state, his scholarship, and piety made him an ecumenical leader beyond the boundaries of Iran and Anglicanism.

Submitted by John A. Lapp

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