Prophet's Daughter: The Life and Legacy of Bahíyyih Khánum : Outstanding Heroine of the Baháʼí Faith

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2005 - 359 pages
Prophet's Daughter examines the extraordinary life of Bahiyyih Khanum (1846-1932), the daughter of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i Faith. From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, when women in the Middle East were largely invisible, deprived of education, and without status in their communities, Bahiyyih Khanum was an active participant in the religion's turbulent early years and contributed significantly both to the development of its administrative structure and to its emergence as a worldwide faith community. Her appointment to head the Baha'i Faith during a critical period of transition stands unique in religious history.

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Contents

Role in Baháí History
3
Explorations
10
Her Unique Role during Baháulláhs Ministry
16
Support of the Center of the Covenant
52
Rise of the Faith in the West and the Arrival of the First
59
Her Role during the Renewal of Incarceration
67
Entombment of the Remains of the Báb on Mount Carmel
75
Household Manager and Hostess to Pilgrims
87
The Evening of Her Life
200
The Passing of the Greatest Holy Leaf
211
NineMonth Period of Mourning
217
The RestingPlace of the Greatest Holy Leaf and the Rise of
226
Role Model for Both Sexes
239
Accepting Administrative Responsibility
253
Responsibilities of Rank
268
Dealing with Change
287

The War Years 191418
95
The Passing of AbdulBahá
106
Period of Renewed Anxiety
115
Response to Her Appointment
131
The Bond between the Guardian and the Greatest Holy Leaf
185
Her Enduring Legacy
299
Glossary
327
Bibliography
339
A Basic Baháí Reading List
345
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About the author (2005)

Janet A. Khan is a former member of the Research Department at the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel. After completing a doctorate in counseling at the University of Michigan, she held academic positions at the University of Michigan and University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her research interests include gender issues, the role of women in religion, aspects of social change, and the evolution of the Baha'i system of administration.

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