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.
... Mrs. Michelle Cooney; Julian Lebensold of Baie d'Urfé; Mrs. Susanne Tamas of Ottawa; and Dr. Margaret Deutsch, a devoted Ottawa-area doctor. After finishing the first draft of the manuscript, I asked two circles of Baha'i readers, ...
The Association for Baha'i Studies in Ottawa offered an office for my use during my sabbatical year, permitting me to complete the work in peace. The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada offered me unrestricted access to ...
Ottawa Baha'i Archives, Ottawa, ON. Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Racine, Wisconsin Records, NBAUS. Rosemary Sala Papers, NBAC. Regional Teaching Committee of Manitoba and Saskatchewan Records, NBAC. Sarah Farmer Papers (M-29), ...
... with social change and Canadian Baha'is; Paula Drewek's dissertation is on faith development among Baha'is in Canada and in India (defended in 1996 at the University of Ottawa). This lack of available documentation is reinforced by ...
“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.
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