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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Will C. van den Hoonaard. Dedicated to Rowland A. Estall, J. Jameson and Gale Bond, Nicholas and Jessica Echevarria, and Keith and Janet Eldridge Contents Acknowledgments Abbreviations Used to Indicate Archival and Other Sources.
14 Thomas Robbins and Roland Robertson (1991: 321) observe that the sociology of religion's paradigm was attained ... An account by Rowland Estall, covering the years 1926-77, is, however, not published, similar to the biography of Ken ...
A young Bahá'í, Rowland Estall, had, through the attraction of May Maxwell and her daughter, Mary, enrolled in the Bahá'í Faith in the waning days of the 1927 National Convention in Montreal. After a summer of working as a wireless ...
At first, the two Bahá'í youths—Rowland Estall and Emeric Sala—were the speakers upholding the Bahá'í view, but soon the group became a forum for other youth. Within a year, the first to have accepted the Bahá'í Faith through this novel ...
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The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
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