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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... legal incorporations of local governing councils have become common occurrences in Canada, as has the granting of Baha'i Holy Days to school children.
The new religion did take root in Canada, despite what may have appeared to be slow growth or even local stagnation here and there.
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 ...
Of middle-class background, these early converts were primarily white—collar workers; no factory workers could be found among them.
... had become a Baha'i and returned to Canada in September 1898. Other members of her family in London soon accepted the Faith.” Soon thereafter, in 1902, ...
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