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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They prepared the worldwide Bahá'í community for the election of the Universal House of Justice in 1963. This latter body, anticipated by Bahá'u'lláh, ...
She became a devoted believer on 5 October 1897, four months after her husband.15 Elected president of the “Women's Assembly of Teaching,”16 she taught the ...
Upon the formation of the Settlers' Union in 1884, William was immediately elected as its secretary. 10 Four days earlier Louis Riel himself was put on ...
34 Until 1948, the Bahá'í communities in the United States and in Canada were under the administrative jurisdiction of an elected governing council, ...
... Shoghi Effendi explicated the requirements and importance of elected Bahá'í governing councils (“Spiritual Assemblies”), both local and national.
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The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
Will C. van den Hoonaard
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