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Abstract:
Memoir of time as a Baha'i in Iran and pioneer to other countries around the world, and a historical account of service in the United States, New Zealand, and Czechoslovakia.
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Footprints in the Sands of Time

by Shahla Gillbanks

2019
About: "FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDS OF TIME" is my memoir as a Bahá’í in Iran, pioneering in different countries around the world, and a historical account of service in the United States, New Zealand, and Czechoslovakia.

Part, I, MY FAMILY HISTORY starts with the 1880’s historical perspective of Persian history when my grandfather left Ishghabad for the ancient city of Hamadan. Then his family life in Tehran and his involvement in the Persian Constitutional Revolution. It continues with the story of my parents who lived as Bahá’ís in the 20th Century of Iran, the social and political changes of Iran and its impact on the life of the Bahá’í community.

Part II, MY LIFE JOURNEY: includes my life in Iran, pioneering to the Philippines, New Zealand, Kenya, and the Caribbean. It entails a recollection of special events of my life, as I experienced them; the memories of the Bahá’í personalities that I was privileged to know, and their influence on my spiritual growth. These precious souls were the spiritual role models for the fresh saplings of the Bahá’í community in Iran. They helped the new generation of Bahá’ís in tasting the sweet savors of love, loyalty, and service in its most sublime state.

Each of my contemporaries experienced these same events differently as if looking through a stained-glass window and seeing different formations of magnificent shades and colors.

I dedicate this token to the memory of my spiritual mentor, Hand of the Cause of God Dr. Muhajir. A person who has had the most influence on my life and the countless others who have had the bounty and the joy of knowing him. We were the traveling companions of a mentor who helped us to find the path in the fragile and yet timeless journey of life.

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