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.
The book is intended to be a faithful record of the struggles of the “generation of the half-light” (Shoghi Effendi, 1974a: 168).
Upon 'Abdu'l-Baha's death in 1921, his will appointed his grandson, Shoghi Effendi (1897-1957), to lead the Baha'i Faith under the title of Guardian.
... group of former Baha'is who disputed the authority of Shoghi Effendi, the head of the new religion. The story of Jaxon's death is a heart—wrenching one.
It was left to Montreal to provide the main stimulus to the growth of the Baha'i Faith in Canada during the first three decades; Shoghi Effendi would later ...
The building" itself reflected “exquisite workmanship” and gave a “museum-like appearance.” Later, Shoghi Effendi ...
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