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transcriptions of talks by Shirley Macias, unless otherwise noted;
formatted for the web by Jonah Winters 06/02.

Conqueror of Hearts:
Excerpts from Letters, Talks and Writings of
Hand of the Cause of God Abu'l-Qásim Faizí

Compiled by Shirley Macias

First complete published edition
© 2002 by Shirley Macias and the Baha'i Academics Resource Library

    Table of Contents  
         Publication history  

         Photographs of Mr. Faizi  

    1.   Biography of A.Q. Faizi  
             Bahá'í World Centre  
    2.   Introduction: Conqueror of Hearts  
             Shirley Macias  
    3.   My Memories of Hand of the Cause of God A. Q. Faizí  
             Shirley Macias  
    4.   Excerpts from letters to some individuals  
             A.Q. Faizí  
    5.   Teaching Seminar conducted by Hand of the Cause A. Q. Faizí in Hawaii, 1967  
             A.Q. Faizí  
    6.   Talks Given by Hand of the Cause of God A.Q. Faizí, Australia, 1969  
             A.Q. Faizí  
    7.   Commentary on the Kitáb-i-Aqdas  
             A.Q. Faizí  
    8.   The Hidden Words  
             A.Q. Faizí  
    9.   The Greatest Name  
             A.Q. Faizí  
   10.   Flame of Fire: The Tablet of Ahmad  
             A.Q. Faizí  
   11.   From Adrianople to 'Akká  
             A.Q. Faizí  
   12.   Divine Education  
             A.Q. Faizí  
   13.   The Morning of Your Lives  
             A.Q. Faizí  
   14.   Memorial at Hawaii National Bahá'í Center, 1980  
             Duane Troxel, Roger White     

Publication history

Conquerer of Hearts contains excerpts from letters, talks and writings of Hand of the Cause of God Abu'l-Qásim Faizí, prepared for the benefit of the many Baha'is who did not have an opportunity to know him. The excerpts from his letters are mostly ones he sent to me, although I have some that other friends shared with me as well. I transcribed from the original tapes his talks to the friends in Hawaii and Australia. The section "My Memories of Mr. Faizi" includes my personal memories, a statement he made at the World Congress in 1963, and then a series of excerpts from his letters to me from 1963 to 1980. In the Introduction there is also a transcription of Mr. Faizi's talk at Foundation Hall in Wilmette in 1974. I also decided to include transcriptions of his talk on "The Hidden Words" and his commentary on the "Kitab-i-Aqdas", both of which were previously published in cassette form by the U.S. Baha'i Publishing Trust. Also included are previous publications of Mr. Faizi's such as his "Explanation of the Greatest Name (published in the U.S. Baha'i News 1968 and reprinted by the U.S. Baha'i Publishing Trust in 1974); "A Flame of Fire" (originally published in two parts in the American Baha'i News and subsequently by the Baha'i Publishing Trust in India); "From Adrianople to 'Akka" (originally published by the UK Baha'i Publishing Trust); "Divine Education" (originally published in Glory, a Baha'i youth magazine in India); and a talk titled "The Morning of Your Lives" printed in the British Baha'i Journal April 1975.

Permission from the various prior publishers was given to me, as well as consent by Mr. Faizi's family to include his personal letters to me and others. The National Assemblies of Hawaii and Australia also granted me permission to use the transcription of his talks in those countries.

In 1998, I submitted the manuscript to the U.S. Baha'i Publishing Trust and then to George Ronald. I received favorable responses from each, but they were not able to publish it at the time. However, George Ronald asked my permission to place it in the Afnan Library in England for future researchers, which of course I consented to. Therefore its "first" publication is this online published compilation in the Baha'i Academics Resource Library.

      Shirley Macias
      July, 2002

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