The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1996 M12 16 - 356 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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... in practical terms, that since the first few chapters deal with history, one is more likely to find the focus on the personalities of early believers.
To get an overview of a number of these new faiths, the reader will find some satisfaction in E. Allen Richardson's work, East Comes West: Asian Religions ...
Baha'is see no objection to others not using capitalization, but may find it peculiar to see a Bah:i'i scholar not using the capitalization.
The Baha'i Faith must also have reached Winnipeg, Manitoba, for we find a lone financial contribution from an adherent, or a sympathizer, made to the Bahai ...
The news of the publicity in Canada, incidentally, did not find its way into Star of the I/Vest until 1923, more than ten years later (Star of the I/Vest, ...
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