The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2010 M10 30 - 368 pages
What binds together Louis Riel’s former secretary, a railroad inventor, a Montreal comedienne, an early proponent of Canada’s juvenile system and a prominent Canadian architect? Socialists, suffragists, musicians, artists—from 1898 to 1948, these and some 550 other individual Canadian Bahá’ís helped create a movement described as the second most widespread religion in the world.
Using diaries, memoirs, official reports, private correspondence, newspapers, archives and interviews, Will C. van den Hoonaard has created the first historical account of Bahá’ís in Canada. In addition, The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 clearly depicts the dynamics and the struggles of a new religion in a new country.
This is a story of modern spiritual heroes—people who changed the lives of others through their devotion to the Bahá’í ideals, in particular to the belief that the earth is one country and all of humankind are its citizens.
Thirty-nine original photographs effectively depict persons and events influencing the growth of the Bahá’í movement in Canada.
The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 makes an original contribution to religious history in Canada and provides a major sociological reference tool, as well as a narrative history that can be used by scholars and Bahá’ís alike for many years to come.
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This book has been published with the help of a grant from the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, using funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
I am pleased that the John Robarts Memorial Fund of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada has provided the funding for publishing the photographs in this book. Ms. Marta Wojnarowska of the University of New Brunswick ...
The Arts Publications Fund of the University of New Brunswick provided funds for the rental of the Lawren S. Harris painting gracing the cover. A grant from the John Robarts Memorial Fund contributed to the costs of reproducing the ...
The procurement of funding from the Canadian International Development Agency by Bahá'í agencies for Third World development projects illustrates additional bridges between the Bahá'í community and the main culture.
17 The 1898 financial ledger of the Chicago House of Spirituality contains a reference to Mrs. and Miss Montfort contributing to the Bahá'í fund (Financial ledger, CHSR, May-December 1898). A later ledger for May-December 1899 has an ...
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The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
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