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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May Maxwell's approach to the new religion, and her efforts to influence the causes of education, of African Canadians, and of the dispossessed, ...
... that existed were often of dubious value) that exercised enough influence to create a sense of community among the few scattered Bah:i'is in Canada.
'Abdu'l-Bahzi exercised a magnetic influence, even on those who had not yet met him. The story of Annie Savage, a “Dickens' type of spinster," illustrates ...
The influence of 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit spread beyond the approximately 2,500 people in Montreal who heard him speak or had direct personal contact with him.
... and literary excellence” (Cooper 1969: 120) made it easily one of Montreal's most influential newspapers, read by the rising francophone middle class.
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