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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Moreover, much of the early Canadian history revolves around the personality and activities of May Maxwell of Montreal (“In Memoriam,” ...
In any event, a firm foundation had been laid by the Magees; in 1917, when a prominent and influential Bahá'í, May Maxwell, visited the Culvers, ...
... Bahá'í community of Canada rightfully goes to the American May Bolles Maxwell, who married the Canadian architect William Sutherland Maxwell and moved ...
30 Letter from May Maxwell to “Beloved Sister” (presumably Corinne True), 27 June 1917, AW.
May Maxwell rented a house with a large parlour for these meetings (Gail, 1987: 221, 226). Miss Agnes Alexander of Hawaii, a prominent American Bahá'í, ...
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The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
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