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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uring daughters, the third aged thirteen week in September 1893, a woman and her two and ten, boarded a Canadian Pacific Railway train in London, Ontario, and undertook a journey to Chicago1 that would eventually result in the first ...
... 23 September 1893, the name of the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, Bahá'u'lláh, from a paper read at the Art Institute of Chicago on behalf of the Rev. Henry Jessup, a Presbyterian missionary in Syria (Jessup, 1893: 1122-26).
1 The actual departure date may have been 18 September 1893. 2 Born in Philadelphia in 1842, he had lived in London, Ontario, and then moved to Chicago in 1889. There, as city editor, first of the Tribune and later of the Inter-Ocean, ...
It took five years, until September 1898, before the seeds sown in Chicago would germinate in Canada, though several expatriate Canadians in Chicago were also drawn to the Bahá'í message and felt impelled to accept the new religion.
One account (“1893: First Canadian Bahá'í,” 1979: 12 states that one of the Magees had become a Bahá'í and returned to Canada in September 1898. 19 Other members of her family in London soon accepted.
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