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.
Provincial Archives of Ontario, letter to W.C. van den Hoonaard, 27 July 1987. Albert Windust Papers, NBAUS. Bahai Temple Unity Records, NBAUS. Chicago House of Spirituality Records, NBAUS. Eliot Baha'i Archives, Eliot, ME.
His writings, which number some 5,000 letters and over 100 books, amplify these moral principles, in addition to a host of other teachings in matters of personal status such as laws of inheritance and marriage. In 1892 Baha'u'llah died, ...
During World War I (1914-18), 'Abdu'l-Baha issued fourteen letters to the Baha'is in North America, giving them spiritual and administrative primacy to establish the Baha'i Faith around the world. 'Abdu'l-Baha was knighted by the ...
“Review of Manuscript,” sent to author with a letter from the Association for Baha'i Studies, Ottawa, 31 January 1989. The first record of a Canadian Baha'i goes back to 1897, but the first Baha'i in Canada dates back to 1898.
'Abdu'l-Baha spoke highly of the Magee family,” who received at least nine letters from him.” Harriet (1883-1915), Edith Magee's sister, was the third Baha'i in London, Ontario. She followed her mother to the United States, ...
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