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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Finally, there are individuals who have, in my view, contributed significantly to the intellectual underpinning and completion of the book: Dr. Michael ...
It is the story of individuals, and of an emerging national religious ... the advances were marked by crises and the formation of an individual and ...
... conducted by myself or others, with individuals who were Baha'is before 1948 or who have some direct knowledge of the events described in this book.
... book highlight the personal characteristics and social backgrounds of key individuals who have contributed to the spread of the new religion in Canada.
The focus is entirely on the involvement of individuals across Canada who, independently of each other, accepted the new religion. Part One also underscores ...
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