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 involvement of members of such ethnic groups as Jews, African Canadians, and francophones in Canada, as well as the creation of Bahá'í communities in ...
... “Fleurs-de-Lys in the Mosaic,” in chapter 6 for a detailed explanation on the use of such terms as “French Canadian,” francophone, and the like.
The francophone component remained over 60%, but did not generally participate in these developments (ibid.: 124). In 1912 the Boundaries Extension Act ...
unconfirmed account has 'Abdu'1-Bahá going towards the east end of the city, the francophone area, and visiting Pare Lafontaine.72 'Abdu'1-Bahá then took a ...
Its “intellectual and literary excellence” (Cooper 1969: 120) made it easily one of Montreal's most influential newspapers, read by the rising francophone ...
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