published in Lights of Irfan, 13, pages 205-241 Wilmette, IL: Haj Mehdi Armand Colloquium, 2012
Abstract: When `Abdu’l-Bahá gained freedom, after fifty-eight years of exile and confinement, He made preparations for a momentous trip. By August 1910, when He began His trip, the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh had spread beyond the borders of lands gripped in the yoke of Islamic fanaticism and orthodoxy, and was established in areas which enjoyed religious freedom. However, He chose the West for His historic trip. The presentation on this topic explores the reasons for His choice and discusses the tremendous results achieved by the visit He made to Europe and North America, particularly the United States.