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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His progressive teachings (which included the emancipation of women) and his challenge to secular and clerical authorities led to his execution in Tabriz in 1850. The Báb also proclaimed that he was the harbinger of one who would ...
His writings, which number some 5,000 letters and over 100 books, amplify these moral principles, in addition to a host of other teachings in matters of personal status such as laws of inheritance and marriage. In 1892 Bahá'u'lláh died, ...
On the other hand, the breakdown of regional Bahá'í developments and the promotion of intinerant Bahá'í teachers across Canada produced a national consciousness among Bahá'ís that was hitherto missing. The book ends with a discussion of ...
Dealy proved to be one of the most active Bahá'í teachers. He cut a lively figure. Not only musically gifted, he was “fiercely dedicated to whatever was his current interest” (Dealy, 1984). These interests were indeed far-ranging: steam ...
The early translations of Bahá'í texts were, however, sometimes quite inadequate, and it was easy for many early believers to inject their own ideas into what they perceived to be the Bahá'í teachings.
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The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
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