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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Jackson quickly became Riel's link with white farmers, and, with Riel, he wrote a political manifesto. Riel trusted Jackson, as a special prayer written by ...
Dorothy Cress, a daughter of the Culvers, conveys the atmosphere of those days when she was asked by an interviewer how she became a Baha'i: Well, ...
One could explore the degree to which President Wilson became aware of the Baha'i Faith, albeit indirectly, through his links with Inglis.
Later records (BHRC) indicate that Mr. and Mrs. Culver formally became Bah:i'is in 1906. Letter from May Maxwell to “Beloved Sister” (presumably Corinne ...
In the late nineteenth century, these liberal pragmatists became enamoured with the “social gospel,” a Protestant movement that stressed Christian social ...
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