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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()ne Inhoducfion During the third week in September 1893, a woman and her two
daughters, aged thirteen and ten, boarded a Canadian Pacific Railway train in
London, Ontario, and undertook a journey to Chicago' that would eventually ...
Expatriate Canadians in Chicago A number of other Canadians who attended
sessions at the Parliament of Religions and were to become prominent Baha'is
were led to the new religion by newly arrived Baha'is from Egypt, Anton Haddad ...
Baha'is in Chicago. Of middle-class background, these early converts were
primarily white—collar workers; no factory workers could be found among them.
They were of liberal religious backgrounds, namely, Christian Scientists,
She had enrolled in the Baha'i Faith, possibly late 1897, the 118th to do so in
Chicago (BEL). According to P. Smith (1982: 161-62), Oakshette was still a priest
in the (Theosophical) Liberal Catholic Church, even after having remained an ...
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