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 the field of education, Baha'is have promoted the teaching of comparative religion in schools, and have set up a secondary school on Vancouver Island, ...
... and explores the empirical linkages to mainstream culture, rather than researching the appeal and teachings of the transplanted religious movement.
His progressive teachings (which included the emancipation of women) and his challenge to secular and clerical authorities led to his execution in Tabriz in ...
His summary of those teachings are, in fact, sometimes referred to as the “Twelve Principles” of the Baha'i Faith, and are still used today by many Baha'is ...
... teachings, and system of governance. See also Wallis (1975). Thomas Robbins and Roland Robertson (1991: 321) observe that the sociology of religion's ...
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