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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Among the scholars to whom I am particularly indebted, I include Dr. A. David Nock, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and Dr. Robert H. Stockman, Director of the Office of Research, Bahá'í National Center, Evanston, ...
... Naqvi at the Bahá'í National Centre in Thornhill, Ontario. Mr. Peter Waddell also served as an assistant during a few months in the summer of 1991. I am pleased that the John Robarts Memorial Fund of the National Spiritual Assembly ...
Provincial Archives of Ontario, letter to W.C. van den Hoonaard, 27 July 1987. Albert Windust Papers, NBAUS. Bahái Temple Unity Records, NBAUS. Chicago House of Spirituality Records, NBAUS. Eliot Bahá'í Archives, Eliot, ME.
WTAM The Petition of Esther Annie Magee, in the matter of Jonathan Magee, 18 December 1902, Surrogate Court of the County of Middlesex, Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ref. RG22, series 321, #7475/1903. WTMM The Last Will and Testament of ...
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