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  1. Posted 2019-01-01, in Historical documents:   Barbara R. Sims. In the Light of the Rising Sun: Memoirs of A Bahá'í Pioneer to Japan (2002). Expanded and newly-annotated version of Sims' auto-biography, covering the history of the Faith in Japan 1953-2002. [about]
  2. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Cultural Values and Spirituality (2003). Speech to the Baha'i community in St. Petersburg. [about]
  3. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Few Distinctive Aspects of the Bahá'í Faith, A (2003). Talk at the Baha'i Center in St. Petersburg. [about]
  4. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Universal Values (2003). Two presentations in Russia on the same topic. [about]
  5. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Logic and Mysticism (2003). Two presentations in Russia on the same topic. [about]
  6. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Truth and Happiness (2003). Fireside with Baha'is in St. Petersburg. [about]
  7. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Question of Objectivity, The (2003). Speech at the Faculty of Philosophy of St. Petersburg State University. [about]
  8. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Phenomenon of Prejudice, The (2003). Fireside at the Baha'i Centre in St. Petersburg. [about]
  9. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Philosophy of Minimalism, The (2003). Talk at the Philosophical Club of St. Petersburg. [about]
  10. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Good, The (2003). Fireside talk in St. Petersburg. [about]
  11. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Nature of the Soul (2003). Fireside talk at the Baha'i Center in St. Petersburg. [about]
  12. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Sacrifice (2003). Fireside talk in St. Petersburg. [about]
  13. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Relationship Between Science and Religion (2003). Fireside in St. Petersburg. [about]
  14. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Prayer and Meditation (2003). Talk at the Baha'i Center in St. Petersburg. [about]
  15. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. On the Meaning of Being a Bahá'í (2003). Talk at the Baha'i Center in St. Petersburg. [about]
  16. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. God's Will (2003). Fireside talk in St. Petersburg. [about]
  17. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Equality of Men and Women (2003). Fireside talk at the Baha'i Centre in St. Petersburg. [about]
  18. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Divine Philosophy as Described by 'Abdu'l-Bahá (2003). Fireside talk. [about]
  19. Posted 2018-12-24, in Videos:   William S. Hatcher. Backbiting (2003). Fireside in St. Petersburg. [about]
  20. Posted 2018-11-28, in Books:   Lights of 'Irfán Book 19: Papers Presented at the 'Irfán Colloquia and Seminars (2018). Papers delivered at Irfan Colloquia. [about]
  21. Posted 2018-11-27, in Published Articles:   JoAnn Borovicka. Bahá'u'lláh's Life and Mission: "This is the One Who Hath Glorified the Son", in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). Ways in which Bahá’u’lláh glorifies Jesus Christ and His Cause: He quotes, explains, and defends Christian scripture; supplements Christ’s teachings for the needs of a fast-evolving society; and speaks of Christ as an existing spiritual reality. [about]
  22. Posted 2018-11-27, in Published Articles:   Roland Faber. Laozi: A Lost Prophet?, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). On the Tao Te Ching, or Dao De Jing; the uniqueness of Toaism/Daoism; resonances with and differences from the Bahá’í universe; should Doaism be considered a genuine dispensation of a divine Manifestation. [about]
  23. Posted 2018-11-27, in Published Articles:   Ian Kluge. Freedom and the Bahá'í Writings, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). Baha'i philosophy is based on principles of reason and non-contradiction. It is coherent because its teachings are interdependent and mutually supportive. The Writings cover a spectrum of issues about freedom and the metaphysical basis of free will. [about]
  24. Posted 2018-11-27, in Published Articles:   Moojan Momen. Power and the Bahá'í community, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). While Baha'i social teachings may have sounded new and exciting a century ago, that is no longer the case today. The problem the world faces is not in the principles that would lead to a better society, but in their application. [about]
  25. Posted 2018-11-27, in Published Articles:   Julio Savi and Faezeh Mardani. Ancient Poems as Means of Revelation, in an Early Tablet by Bahá'u'lláh, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). On the importance of poetry in the history of the Faith and in its Writings, and absolute detachment as a prerequisite for attainment unto the Divine Presence. Includes translation of "A Tablet by Bahá’u’lláh." [about]
  26. Posted 2018-11-27, in Personal compilations:   Bahá'í Fast: A compilation, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). Description and purposes of the Fast; how to fast; additional insights. [about]
  27. Posted 2018-11-27, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Persian Translation of Arabic verses, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). There are no authorized Persian translations of any of the Arabic Writings; personal translations are acceptable but should not be recited in Bahá’í gatherings; explanations in Persian may be shared for the sake of better understanding the Arabic. [about]
  28. Posted 2018-11-27, in Published Articles:   Julio Savi and Faezeh Mardani. Mathnaví by Rúhu'lláh Varqá, the Martyr, The: A Few Notes on Its Historical Context and Poetical Content, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). On the motifs of the cup-bearer and the cup, springtime, and love. Includes translation of "The Mathnaví of Rúhu'lláh, the Martyr." [about]
  29. Posted 2018-11-27, in Published Articles:   Foad Seddigh. Countenance of the Blessed Beauty in the Mirror of Mawlúd Tablets, The, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). Review of four tablets in compilation from the Universal House of Justice about the commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh, and guidance from 2015 intended to harmonize their lunar and solar dates. [about]
  30. Posted 2018-11-27, in Published Articles:   Moshe Sharon. End of Days, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). On the word “messiah”, the anointed, which describes the redeemer like a priest, consecrated by being anointed with holy oil; prophecies about the last days and the final coming; predictions about the time of the "end," which Baha'is interpret as 1863. [about]
  31. Posted 2018-11-27, in Biographies:   In Memoriam: Muhammad Afnan (1930-2017), in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). Overview of the life of a supporter, active collaborator, and advisor for the Irfan Colloquia and its publications. [about]
  32. Posted 2018-11-27, in Biographies:   In Memoriam: Heshmat Shariary (1934-2018), in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). Overview of the life of an active participant in the Irfan Colloquia and Baha'i studies. [about]
  33. Posted 2018-11-26, in Published Articles:   Hooshmand Badee. Reflections on the Principle of Unity/Oneness, Some, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). Reflections on the message of Baha'u'llah creating the oneness of humanity and a global society that is based on unity and love rather than factors such as economic and political gains. [about]
  34. Posted 2018-11-26, in Published Articles:   Sohrab Kourosh. Kitáb-i-Iqán, The: Revolutionizing the Concepts of Religion, Eschatology and Theology, in Lights of Irfan 19 (2018). The Kitáb-i-Íqán resolves and removes eschatological barriers and establishes the fundamentals of a universal religion and a universal theology, that integrates and harmonizes other contending ideologies. [about]
  35. Posted 2018-11-02, in Published Articles:   Scriptum (1995). All 8 issues of a journal for Baha'i librarians and archivists. [about]
  36. Posted 2018-11-02, in Book excerpts:   Sydney Cave. Introduction to the Study of Some Living Religions of the East (1921). One-paragraph overview of the lives of The Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. [about]
  37. Posted 2018-09-29, in Bahá'í Writings:   Abdu'l-Bahá. Additional Tablets, Extracts and Talks (2018). [about]
  38. Posted 2018-09-29, in Bahá'í Writings:   Bahá'u'lláh. Additional Prayers Revealed by Bahá'u'lláh (2018). [about]
  39. Posted 2018-09-29, in Bahá'í Writings:   Abdu'l-Bahá. Additional Prayers Revealed by 'Abdu'l-Bahá (2018). [about]
  40. Posted 2018-09-29, in BWC Compilations:   Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá. Give Me Thy Grace to Serve Thy Loved Ones (2018). A selection of writings prepared by the International Teaching Centre for the Continental Counsellors and their Auxiliaries. [about]
  41. Posted 2018-09-28, in Historical documents:   Declaration of the Bab (May 1844): A Survey of Sources for Researchers (2017). English Sources for the Declaration of the Bab placed in chronological/thematic order for comparison, with notes. [about]
  42. Posted 2018-09-28, in Chronologies/genealogies:   Passing of Abdu'l-Baha (Nov 1921) (2018). The weeks and days leading up to, during and following the passing of Abdu'l-Baha, presented as original accounts in chronological order. [about]
  43. Posted 2018-08-30, in Archives:   History of the Baha'i Faith in North Carolina, 1845-1970: Presentations from the First Summer Seminar (2018). Presentations at the first Summer Seminar on the history of the Bahá'í Faith in North Carolina, organized by Steven Kolins, sponsored by the Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of Orange County NC, Aug 3-5 2018, at the Efland Bahá'í Center. [about]
  44. Posted 2018-07-08, in Research notes:   Khatt-i-Badí' (The New Script): Transliteration and Notes (2018). Latin transliteration of Mírzá Muhammad-'Alí's "conlang" alphabet by Grover Gonzales. Includes notes by the Universal House of Justice, an overview by Gonzales, and samples of the script. [about]
  45. Posted 2018-06-01, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Consultation, Portraits, Rakahs, Murtus, and Unknown Language (2009). Three replies from the Research Department to an individual, dated 2009, 2010 and 2018, on a variety of topics. [about]
  46. Posted 2018-05-19, in Documents from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Recognition of the Next Manifestation by the Universal House of Justice (1997). Бахаулла говорит, что следующее Богоявление тоже столкнётся с преследованиями, но восторжествует над Своими гонителями. [about]
  47. Posted 2018-04-18, in Published Articles:   Jamar Wheeler. Seeking Light in the Darkness of "Race", in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 27:3 (2017). A historical sketch of how race concepts evolved, with analysis at macro and micro levels of society. Oneness of mankind is an enlightening force that, through individual agency and collective social action, can transform society. [about]
  48. Posted 2018-04-18, in Published Articles:   Matthew Hughey. Race and Racism: Perspectives from Bahá'í Theology and Critical Sociology, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 27:3 (2017). Review of the concepts of race and racism based on social scientific understanding, in order to better understand their definition and to delineate their relation to one another, and correlate them with the Bahá'í Writings. [about]
  49. Posted 2018-04-18, in Published Articles:   June Manning Thomas. Race, Place, and Clusters: Current Vision and Possible Strategies, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 27:3 (2017). Division by place affects the possibilities for racial unity, especially in fragmented U.S. metropolitan areas. The "institute process” as a strategy could overcome challenges that place-based action poses for racial unity. [about]
  50. Posted 2018-04-18, in Published Articles:   Patricia McIlvride. Depression, Stigma, and the Soul, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 27:1-2 (2017). New recovery models, like interpersonal neurobiology, are challenging the medical model in the treatment of mental illness. By defining the mind as transcendent and both embodied and relational, new avenues of healing become possible.. [about]
  51. Posted 2018-04-18, in Published Articles:   Ian Kluge. Bahá'í Philosophy of Human Nature, The, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 27:1-2 (2017). How the essential reality of the individual — the human soul and its powers of rational thought, willpower, memory, and reflection — translates these capacities into physical action through the intermediary of the brain. [about]
  52. Posted 2018-04-18, in Book Reviews:   Dianne Coin. Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation, by Jennifer Harvey: Review, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 27:3 (2017). [about]
  53. Posted 2018-04-18, in Essays and short articles:   John S. Hatcher. From the Editor's Desk: The Road Less Travelled By, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 27:3 (2017). Overview of this issue's articles regarding racism and proper responses to it, both among the general population and within the Bahá'í community itself. [about]
  54. Posted 2018-04-18, in Essays and short articles:   Linda S. Covey and Roshan Danesh. From The Editor's Desk, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 26:3 (2016). Introduction to this issue's articles on the unique potentials of the indigenous population of America, recovery from the residential schools, eradicating prejudice, and the intersection between the Bahá’í Faith and native peoples. [about]
  55. Posted 2018-04-18, in Essays and short articles:   John S. Hatcher. From The Editor's Desk: The Nature of Human Nature, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 27:1-2 (2017). Introduction to this issue's two articles: Ian Kluge's on human nature and Patricia McIlvride’s on mental disorders and depression, stigma, and the soul. [about]
  56. Posted 2018-04-11, in Research notes:   Various. Kitáb-i-Aqdas Research Tools (2018). Links to six sites providing research materials for the Aqdas: translations, audio recitation, cross-references, and study guides. [about]
  57. Posted 2018-03-22, in Pilgrims' notes:   Inayat Khan. Inayat Khan's meeting with 'Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris (1913). One-paragraph recounting of Khan, the founder of "Universal Sufism," meeting with Abdu'l-Baha in 1913. [about]
  58. Posted 2018-03-21, in Personal compilations:   Seven Cities of Bahá'u'lláh, The (2002). This is a compilation of only those passages from Bahá'u'lláh’s Gems of Divine Mysteries that relate to the journey through "Seven Cities," which has similarities to Bahá'u'lláh’s Seven Valleys. [about]
  59. Posted 2018-03-21, in Personal compilations:   Selected Passages from Century of Light (2002). Compilation of selected highlights that summarize the main themes of the book. This is a personal interpretation of Century of Light. Chapter headings have been added for ease of reference, and are not part of the authorized edition. [about]
  60. Posted 2018-03-21, in Pilgrims' notes:   Ruth Moffett. Dynamics of Prayer (1973). Pilgrims note from the words of Shoghi Effendi about "five steps" for prayer and action (from 1954), followed by explanatory notes from the Universal House of Justice (from 1978). [about]
  61. Posted 2018-03-21, in Encyclopedia articles:   Christopher Buck. Deganawida, the Peacemaker, in American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies 26 (2015). Biography of the Iroquois / Haudenosaunee prophet-like figure who lived around 600 or 900 years ago. [about]
  62. Posted 2018-03-20, in Pilgrims' notes:   Marie Watson. My Pilgrimage to the Land of Desire (1932). Account of a pilgrimage to Haifa to visit Abdu'l-Baha in July–August 1921. [about]
  63. Posted 2018-03-20, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck and Youli Ioannesyan. Scholar Meets Prophet: Edward Granville Browne and Bahá'u'lláh (Acre, 1890), in Bahá'í Studies Review 20 (2014). Details of E.G. Browne's handwritten notes about his meeting with Baha'u'llah, his stay in Akka in April 1890, and his correspondence with Russian academics. [about]
  64. Posted 2018-03-20, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck and Adib Ma'sumian. Baha'u'llah's Paradise of Justice: Commentary and Translation, in Bahá'í Studies Review 20 (2014). The tablet Riḍvānu’l-‘Adl, "Paradise of Justice," shows how the concept of justice — which encompasses both faith and action — is the essence of the Baha’i concept of salvation, both individual and societal. [about]
  65. Posted 2018-03-20, in Encyclopedia articles:   Christopher Buck. Bahá'í: History, Beliefs, Practices, Theological Exchanges, and Current Issues, in Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices (2014). Brief overviews of Baha'i history and thought. [about]
  66. Posted 2018-03-19, in Personal compilations:   Laws Abrogated by Bahá'u'lláh (2018). Laws rescinded from previous religions and from the Bayán. [about]
  67. Posted 2018-03-13, in Research notes:   Stephen Lambden. List of Baha'i Studies and Translations. A list of content available at Lambden's personal website, Hurqalya Publications, with select links to manuscripts, texts, introductions. Includes Shaykhi and Babi studies, bibliographies, genealogies, provisional translations. [about]
  68. Posted 2018-03-12, in Published Articles:   Bijan Ma'sumian and Adib Ma'sumian. Bab in the World of Images, The, in Bahá'í Studies Review 19 (2013). History of the portraits drawn of the Bab, especially that of Aqa Bala Bayg of Shishvan, the only artist who actually met the Bab. [about]
  69. Posted 2018-03-12, in Published Articles:   Bijan Ma'sumian and Adib Ma'sumian. Baha'i Studies in Iran: A Preliminary Survey, in Bahá'í Studies Review 20 (2014). Overview of the cultivation and evolution of religious education in the Baha’i Faith in Iran in the 19th and 20th centuries. [about]
  70. Posted 2018-03-10, in Published Articles:   Bill Washington. Комментарии к Пространной обязательной молитве (1996). Комментарий к Пространной обязательной молитве Бахауллы [about]
  71. Posted 2018-03-06, in Encyclopedia articles:   Iraj Ayman. Varqá, Wali-Alláh, in Encyclopaedia Iranica (2017). Brief excerpt, with link to article offsite. [about]
  72. Posted 2018-03-06, in Encyclopedia articles:   Iraj Ayman. Varqá, Ali-Mohammad, in Encyclopaedia Iranica (2017). Brief excerpt, with link to article offsite. [about]
  73. Posted 2018-03-06, in Essays and short articles:   Jack McLean. To Russia with Love: Journal of a Member of the Quddus Team (1990). Journal of a visit through Moscow, Kiev, and Levov in August 1990 by the four travel teachers Shamsi Sedagat, Ann Clavin, Leo Misagi, and Jack McLean. [about]
  74. Posted 2018-03-05, in Documents from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Об изменении климата и доверии к науке (2017). Всемирный Дом Справедливости обсуждает вопрос изменения климата и затрагивает более общие темы доверия к науке, важности избегания крайностей в дискуссиях, совещания бахаи и действий в связи с глобальными проблемами, стоящими перед человечеством. [about]
  75. Posted 2018-02-17, in Books:   Maureen M. Thur. History of the Bahá'í Faith in Arizona, The: The First Fifty Years, 1900-1950 (2004). Historical details and biographies about Arizona, from Nellie French moving from Chicago to Bisbee in 1900, to the formation of LSAs in 1949. Includes biographies of Amelia Collins and Orcella Rexford aka Louise Cutts-Powell (Appendices 1-2). [about]
  76. Posted 2018-02-17, in Essays and short articles:   Roger Doost. Bahá'í Faith and Accounting, The: Is There a Link?, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 7:3 (1997). Summary of discussions in an accounting class about spirituality. As a system that seeks to create balance, order, and justice in human business affairs, the philosophy of accounting is in line with belief in God and Baha’i principles. [about]
  77. Posted 2018-02-02, in Books:   Udo Schaefer and Nicola Towfigh. Making the Crooked Straight: A Contribution to Baha'i Apologetics [excerpt] (2000). Front- and back-matter of the book only: Contents, Preface, Introduction, Conclusion, Bibliography, Index. [about]
  78. Posted 2018-01-28, in Personal compilations:   Abdu'l-Bahá's Phrasings about the Next World in Memorials of the Faithful (1995). In Memorials of the Faithful, 'Abdu'l-Bahá describes the lives of around 80 Bahá'ís. He closes these descriptions with a phrase about the person's soul moving to the afterlife. [about]
  79. Posted 2018-01-26, in Personal compilations:   Baha'i Teachings on Health, Healing and Nutrition (2017). A compilation from online sources, based on the BWC compilation, with additional references added and arranged loosely by subject and sorted within subject by author and date. [about]
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