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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... the Bahá'í Faith, “possessing many adherents, well established in society, and a stable, institutional structure . . . seems likely to endure.
The Bahá'í Faith today is primarily a Third World religious movement with over 80% of its adherents found in Third World countries.
... in various regions in Canada, imprinted an awareness of the Bahá'í Faith as a Bahá'í community, rather than merely a collection of individual adherents.
In their community were a number of Canadians who had moved to Chicago and had become Bahá'í adherents. Kate Cowan Ives (1863-1927) was ...
Dealy joined the Chicago Bahá'í community when it had reached about thirty adherents; he graduated from Kheiralla's class on 26 March 1897 (ibid.: 86).
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The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
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