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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... the Baha'i movement expanded considerably, although little emphasis was given to administrative structure. Of necessity, the following early chapters of ...
A study of the early Baha'is, as well as Baha'i administrative development, sheds light on the social dynamics that underlie the rise, development, ...
During World War I (1914-18), 'Abdu'l-Baha issued fourteen letters to the Baha'is in North America, giving them spiritual and administrative primacy to ...
... culminating in the formation of the first national Baha'i administrative body in Canada in 1948. On the one hand, through opposition, recognition, ...
Until 1948, the Baha'i communities in the United States and in Canada were under the administrative jurisdiction of an elected governing council, ...
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