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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The round-trip fare of $9.30 was a small sacrifice to attend the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago. The Parliament had gathered together the widest possible array of religious leaders, including Hindu and Buddhist ...
As elsewhere in the world, the Bahá'ís in Canada have travelled a long road to achieve legal recognition. Bahá'í marriage ceremonies are now legally recognized across Canada as a matter of course. The Canadian national Bahá'í governing ...
In recent years, however, a number of studies on Bahá'í communities elsewhere in the world have added to the growing field of Bahá'í studies. The Bahá'í movement has been examined in India (Garlington, 1975; Garrigues, 1975), ...
Since these theses were written by Bahá'ís, the transformations of the Bahá'í Faith in the latter part of the twentieth century passed almost without notice in the scholarly world, despite the fact that Bahá'ís represent a social and ...
In 1844 a young merchant in Persia, named the Báb (1819-50), declared himself19 as the spiritual reformer long-awaited by the Muslim world. His progressive teachings (which included the emancipation of women) and his challenge to ...
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