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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... of necessity, to attend a family of scholars, marked by frequent travel and periods of monastic isolation. During the ten years of research, ...
The study involves a time span of fifty years, a much longer time period than is the case for many other studies. This long-term approach allows us to move ...
Yet Bahá'í communities existed in about half a dozen other localities in Canada in the pre-1921 period. Moreover, much of the early Canadian history ...
I have chosen “1898” in the title of the book as a means of highlighting the fifty-year period of the Bahá'í Faith in Canada. 3 5 Paula A. Drewek (1996) and ...
Green Acre was hardly a “Bahá'í” school in the 1910-12 period, but perhaps they were invited by Green Acre's founder, Sarah Farmer, daughter of Moses Garish ...
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The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
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