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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... 1937-47 Twelve Opportunities and Constraints of Community Growth, 1937-47 Thirteen Religion, Gender, Class, and Ethnicity Part Four Relationship to Canadian Society Fourteen Opposition, Recognition, and World War II Fifteen Building ...
Stark and Bainbridge (1985) would add another kind: imported cults that do not even have branches in the countries from which their founders came. In an effort to explain the establishment (and the lack of growth) of transplanted ...
Colin Campbell (1982) suggests that we can generate a satisfactory understanding of the growth of religious movements when our attention is “directed away from internal features [of the new religion] . . . towards the wider social and ...
However, exploring the Bahá'í community between 1921 and 1948 gives us a different basis of discussion and renders more of a detailed understanding of the administrative growth and consolidation of the Bahá'í.
understanding of the administrative growth and consolidation of the Bahá'í movement, leading to the establishment, in 1948, of its own national governing council in Canada, namely, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of ...
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