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  1. Tablet of the True Seeker: Personal Commentary and Reflections, by Ted Brownstein (1998). Commentary on the Kitab-i-Iqan. [about]
  2. Taxation, Drought and the Golden Rule, by Neil Podger, in 75 Years of the Bahá'í Faith in Australasia (1996). [about]
  3. Teaching the Cause of God: A Two-Edged Sword, by Ali Nakhjavani, in Lights of Irfan, 12 (2011). [about]
  4. Terrorism, Freedom from: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1996). [about]
  5. Tests: Their Spiritual Value, by Mamie L. Seto (1940). Abdu'l-Baha's views on the spiritual effects of suffering and trials, and their necessity for personal growth of the soul. [about]
  6. "The active force and that which is its recipient", by Betty Hoff Conow, in dialogue magazine, 2:2-3 (1988). Metaphysics of gender and the Lawh-i-Hikmat; universal spiritualism; social indoctrination of gender roles. [about]
  7. "'The Objectivity Question' and Bahá'í Studies: A Reply to MacEoin" and "A Few Words in Response to Cole's 'Reply to MacEoin'", by Juan Cole and Denis MacEoin, in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 18:1 (1991). Two responses to MacEoin's article "Crisis in Babi and Bahá'í Studies." [about]
  8. 'Thee' and 'thee' in the translation of the Súrih of the Temple (Súriy-i-Haykal), by Khazeh Fananapazir, in Lights of Irfan, 4 (2003). [about]
  9. Theology of Osama bin Laden, The: History and 9/11, by Susan Maneck (2001). Overview of the Muslim thinkers who influenced bin Laden and their motivations, and some historical context. [about]
  10. "This Glorious Harvest of Victory": The 1963 World Congress, by Adam Thorne (2012). Brief history about the first international Baha'i congress, including recollections of some participants. [about]
  11. Thoughts on Marriage, Some, by Margaret Ruhe (1982). An essay on various aspects of Baha'i marriage. [about]
  12. Thoughts on the City of Certitude, by Rouha Rose (1998). [about]
  13. Three Ages of Man, The: Are They Integrated?, by Viva Rodwell, in 75 Years of the Bahá'í Faith in Australasia (1996). Childhood, adulthood, old age, and retirement in contemporary culture. [about]
  14. Three Bahá'í Voices, by Esther Bradley-DeTally, in dialogue magazine, 2:2-3 (1988). Personal stories about addiction, alcoholism, and spiritual growth through a then-new group called "Baha'is in Recovery." Includes letter from Dann Irish introducing the Baha'is in Recovery Program. [about]
  15. Toward a Bahá'í Economic Model, by Rick Schaut (1995). Summary of three positive statements which might form the basis for a Baha'i economic model. [about]
  16. Toward a Development Ethics, by Anna C. Vakil, in dialogue magazine, 1:4 (1987). Development issues from a North American perspective, informed by time spent pioneering in the Caribbean and the writings of Paulo Freire, and how to bring such issues to the attention of the Baha'i community. [about]
  17. Towards a Spiritual Civilization, by Ian C. Semple, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 11:3-4 (2001). Three methods to achieve the spiritualization of humankind: perpetual striving to draw closer to God in mind, action and spirit; the fundamental work of teaching the Message and building the Administrative Order; and participation in humanitarian service. [about]
  18. Tractatus on Philosophy, by Jean-Marc Lepain (1998). An attempt to translate the teachings of Baha'u'llah in contemporary philosophic jargon, in poetic style. [about]
  19. Twin Covenants of the Bahá'í Faith, by Brent Poirier (1998). Nature of the "Twin Covenants" of the Baha'i Faith — those of Baha'u'llah and of Abdu'l-Baha; includes compilation of relevant quotations. [about]
  20. Una llama de fuego, by Abu'l-Qasim Faizi (2013). Traducido de "Flame of Fire: The Tablet of Ahmad." [about]
  21. Understanding Bahá'í History: Introduction to the study of history, by Moojan Momen (2013). Video and transcript, prepared for the Wilmette Institute, about how to approach and understand the study of history, biases of eyewitnesses, and the subjective construction of facts. [about]
  22. Unity of Humanity, The: An Interview with Professor Todd Lawson, by David Hornsby and Jane Clark, in Beshara Magazine, issue (2016). Biography of Lawson and his personal interests in the Qur'an and the Baha'i Faith, discussion of contemporary Western approaches to Islam, and commentary on current world affairs and hope for the future. (Brief excerpt, with link to article offsite.) [about]
  23. Unity of Nations, The, by Albert Ross Vail and Emily McLellan Vail, in Transforming Light: The Living Heritage of World Religions (1970). A meditation on Baha'i-inspired themes of peace and the betterment of society. Does not mention the Faith. [about]
  24. Unity of Nations, The, by Stanwood Cobb, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 7 (1936-1938) (1938). A look six decades into the future (from 1938) to envision the Lesser Peace. [about]
  25. Universal House of Justice: Significance, Origin, Authority, and Election, The, by Shahin Vafai, in The Essence of the Covenant: Features, History, and Implications (2005). [about]
  26. Unknown Hour, The, by David Friedman (1998). Christians believe the Bible does not specify the time of Christ's return, but the Baha'i teachings are that an exact year, 1844, is indicated in the Bible for the time of the Second Coming. [about]
  27. Us and Them: Understanding Cultural Identity, by Deborah Clark Vance (2002). [about]
  28. Various essays, by Carol R. Goodrich and Rob Leavitt, in dialogue magazine (1986). Five unrelated items: "The Philippines: Catholic Priests Detained and Murdered," "Two Halves Are Better Than One," "Vision Quest," "Emerging From...", and a Pogo comic mentioning Baha'i Naw Ruz. [about]
  29. Verse of Light, the Sadratu'l-Muntahá (Divine Lote Tree), and the Unfoldment of God's Plan, The, by Shirley Macias (1991). Relationship of a key mystical Quranic verse, Súrih 24:35, to Bahá'í theology; includes a brief compilation of Bahá'í Writings about the Lote Tree. [about]
  30. Vision of the Future, A: From the Editor's Desk, by John S. Hatcher, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 26:4 (2016). Introductory notes to JBS volume 26:4. [about]
  31. Visit to Persia, A, by Guy Murchie, in Bahá'í News (1965). Notes from travels to Baha'i holy places in Iran in 1964, on a trip made with special permission from the House of Justice; includes descriptions of the architecture of the house and shop of the Bab, the birthplace of Baha'u'llah, and the Síyáh Chál. [about]
  32. Walking the Spiritual Path with Both Feet Planted Firmly on the Ground, by Joyce Baldwin, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 26:3 (2016). Overview of the life of a Baha'i native from indigenous-Tsimshian ancestry, who pioneered to Alaska and a reserve in Washington, and member of the LSA of Arcata, California. Includes reflections on teaching to Natives. [about]
  33. Walking the Tight-rope of Parenthood, by John A. Davidson and Christine Wood, in The Family: Our Hopes and Challenges (1995). [about]
  34. Warwick Leaflets, by Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Warwick (1989). A series of brochures for seekers and new Baha'is explaining basic Baha'i teachings. [about]
  35. We Are All Iranian Bahá'ís!, by Ali Keshtgar (2008). The Hojjatieh Society, Nobel Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, human rights, and defending Baha'is. Includes Persian text. [about]
  36. Web and Weft of Civilisation: Art and Learning in the Bahá'í Community, by Aodhán Floyd, in Solas, 2 (2002). One of the challenges of the 5 Year Plan (2001-2006) is enhancing the relationship between education and art. Learning through the arts can enrich communities and help integrate societies. Education is the most effective way to shape values. [about]
  37. What is a Content Management System?, by Jonah Winters (2003). A brief overview of the technology underlying the Baha'i Library Online, and why this technology represents the next step in the Internet's evolution [since this was written, the term "Web 2.0" has been coined for the "next step" I described]. [about]
  38. What is Baha'u'llah's Message to the Sufis?, by Roberta Law (1998). Nature of Sufism and Baha'u'llah's teachings for the Sufi community, especially as contained in the Seven Valleys. [about]
  39. What is Religious Humanism: A Bahá'í Viewpoint, by Ali K. Merchant, in Global Religious Vision, 1:1 (2000). Religious institutions are often viewed as irrelevant to the concerns of the modern world. Apparent differences don't disprove the essential unity of religion, or its teaching that humans are essentially good and have a purpose in life. [about]
  40. Who Was Thomas Breakwell?, by Robert Weinberg, in Bahá'í Journal (UK) (1997). Brief bio of the first English Baha'i and an individual central in early European Baha'i community. [about]
  41. Why Are We Here: Meaning of Life: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2003). [about]
  42. Why There are No Women in the Universal House of Justice, by Vladimir Chupin (2011). Upon learning that it is forbidden to elect women to the Universal House of Justice, many people become puzzled, given the Faith's strong emphasis on the equality of the sexes. This essay offers some perspectives. [about]
  43. Why We Need Bahá'í Theology, by Jack McLean (1995). A short definition of theology, its relationship with scholarship in general, and the role of apologetics. [about]
  44. Women and Religious Change: A case study in the colonial migrant experience, by Miriam Dixson, in Australian Bahá'í Studies, vol. 2 (2000). The story of Margaret Dixson, and one woman's growth from Anglicanism, via numerology and astrology, to commitment to the world ideals of the Baha'i Faith. [about]
  45. Women in Martyrdom: Parallels of Passio Perpetuae and Martyrdom in the Baha'i Faith, by Kathleen Dillon (2000). Accounts of female martyrs in early Christianity and revolutionary Iran. [about]
  46. World Citizenship: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1996). [about]
  47. World Organization Secures World Peace, by R. L. Bridgman, in The Atlantic Monthly, 94:563 (1904). While this paper does not mention the Baha'i Faith, it is an interesting snapshot, and history of, early movements paralleling or even preceding Baha'i teachings. [about]
  48. World Peace: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). [about]
  49. Wrathful God of Martin Luther and Baha'u'llah: Tablet of Ahmad-i-Farsi and Martin Luther (A comparison), by Roberta Law (1998). Comparison of the theologies of Baha'u'llah's Tablet of Ahmad (Persian) and early Protestantism. [about]
  50. Yerrinbool Bahá'í School and the Australian Bahá'í Community, by Fazel Naghdy, in 75 Years of the Bahá'í Faith in Australasia (1996). [about]
  51. Zen Gloss on Baha'u'llah's Commentary on "He who knoweth his self knoweth his Lord", A, by Juan Cole (1996). A Buddhist interpretation of themes in Baha'u'llah's tablet on Islamic mysticism and a saying about knowing one's self. [about]
  52. Zoroaster: Baha'u'llah's Ancestor, by Darius Shahrokh, in Windows to the Past (1992). Overview of Zoroastrianism, its place in the history of revelation, and its writings. [about]
  53. Zoroaster: The Prophet of Ancient Iran and His Book, the Zend Avesta, by Ali-Kuli Khan (1945). [about]
  54. Религии мира о гомосексуализме: обзор учений Индуизма, Иудаизма, Буддизма, Зороастризма, Сикхизма, Христианства, Ислама, Веры бахаи, by Ильяс Фаткулов (2012). Краткий обзор точек зрения мировых религий на гомосексуальные отношения. [about]
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