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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Another dreamer and visionary attracted to the Bahá'í cause was Honoré Jaxon (1861-1952), a memorable figure. Born as William Henry Jackson, he established ...
In 1889 he changed his name to Honoré Joseph Jaxon, thus honouring his Catholic conversion. He made his living by building sidewalks and curb walls on ...
It is fair to say that Jaxon's loyalty to the Bahá'í Faith did not likely measure up to his political loyalties, for 'Abdu'1-Bahá discouraged, ...
Most of the collection was taken to a local garbage dump, and Jaxon died a few weeks later, in January 1952. Among the first coterie of Bahá'ís were not ...
The biographical section on Honoré Jaxon is taken from D. Smith, 1981a and 1981b. 9 The Hudson's Bay Company had been selling land to the expansionist ...
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