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.
Unable to locate the reference there, he or she is advised to consult the references under Contemporary Correspondence and Communications” or “Interviews” in Appendix E. ()ne Inhoducfion During the third week in September 1893, ...
()ne Inhoducfion During the third week in September 1893, a woman and her two daughters, aged thirteen and ten, boarded a Canadian Pacific Railway train in London, Ontario, and undertook a journey to Chicago' that would eventually ...
The book ends with a discussion of the sociology of religion in Canada and the place of a study of the Canadian Baha'i community in such a sociology. Notes 1 The actual departure date may have been 18 September 1893.
It took five years, until September 1898, before the seeds sown in Chicago would germinate in Canada, though several expatriate Canadians in Chicago were also drawn to the Baha'i message and felt impelled to accept the new religion.
Soon after Edith Magee's return from Chicago in September 1898, four other female members of the household accepted the new religion: Edith's mother (Esther Annie Magee), Edith's sister (Harriet, or “Hattie”), and two sisters of Esther ...
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