Bahá'í Library Online
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Introductory materials
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Some introductory materials on the Baha'i Faith. For official websites, see www.bahai.org or bahai.com.
  1. 15 Bahá'í Word Search Puzzles, by Duane Troxel (2022). Word-search puzzles with Bahá'í themes. Solutions provided at end. [about]
  2. 25 Bahá'í Crossword Puzzles, by Duane Troxel (2021). Crossword puzzles with Bahá'í themes. Solutions provided after each puzzle. [about]
  3. Abdu'l-Baha in Britain: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2011). Short overview of Abdu'l-Bahá's travels to Britain. [about]
  4. About the Bahá'í Faith. Starting places for studying the Bahá'í Faith: introductory books, articles, and magazines. [about]
  5. Administration, Bahá'í: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1993). Introduction to the Bahá'í administration. [about]
  6. After Communism: What Next?: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). Leaflet proposing the Bahá'í Faith as a solution to the hole left in European society by the downfall of communism. [about]
  7. Animals, Treatment of: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1991). Kindness toward animals is a core Bahá'í teaching about the station and capacity of animals, who have senses and feelings but not spiritual susceptibilities. Our responsibility toward animals means a decrease in their use as food in the future. [about]
  8. Bahá'í: History, Beliefs, Practices, Theological Exchanges, and Current Issues, by Christopher Buck, in Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices (2014). Brief overviews of Bahá'í history and thought. [about]
  9. Bahá'í Centenary, The: 100 years of the Bahá'í Faith in Britain, A Brief History: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1998). Short history of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom. [about]
  10. Bahá'í Faith 1957-1988, The: A Survey of Contemporary Developments, by Peter Smith and Moojan Momen, in Religion, 19 (1989). A general account of developments in the Bahá'í Faith during these three decades. [about]
  11. Bahá'í Faith and Islam (2013). Overview of connections and contrasts between the Bahá'í Faith and its parent religion. [about]
  12. Bahá'í Faith, The, by Robert Stockman, in Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ed. J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann (2002). [about]
  13. Bahá'í Faith, The, by Paula R. Hartz (2002). Overview of Bahá'í history, teachings, and scripture, with many photographs and illustrations; part of a "World Religions" series aimed at high school students. (Offsite.) [about]
  14. Bahá'í Faith, The: An Introduction, by Bahá'í International Community (1998). An overview of the Bahá'í Faith, in words and pictures. [about]
  15. Bahá'í Faith, The: Sect or Religion?, by Udo Schaefer, in Bahá'í Studies, volume 16 (1988). Lengthy study defining the distinguishing features of the Bahá'í Faith as contrasted with other contemporary religious movements. [about]
  16. Baha'i Faith, The: The Emerging Global Religion, by William S. Hatcher and Douglas Martin (1985). Overview of Bahá'í history and teachings, designed as an introductory textbook. Available in English or in Persian. [about]
  17. Bahá'í Faith, The: How It Began: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). A very short introduction to Bahá'í history. [about]
  18. Bahá'í Faith, What Is It?: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). Basic Bahá'í teachings, beliefs and principles. [about]
  19. Bahá'í Fast, The: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2012). A summary of the laws and principles of the Fast. [about]
  20. Bahá'í Glossary: Persian and Arabic words appearing in the Bahá'í Writings, by Marzieh Gail (1957). The first published glossary of Bahá'í terms and names. [about]
  21. Baha'i Glossary, A, by Neil McMillan and Brian Didier (2016). A glossary of Bahá'í principles and concepts, as derived from hundreds of messages of the Universal House of Justice. [about]
  22. Bahá'í History, by Moojan Momen and Peter Smith (1993). A general survey of the history of the Bahá'í Faith, including a brief overview of main events in Bábí and Bahá'í history. Next, a series of themes that have developed throughout Bahá'í history is examined. [about]
  23. Bahá'í Studies videos, by Peter Smith (2013). Twelve introductory videos about Bahá'í history, practice, and teachings. [about]
  24. Baha'i Studies Youtube Playlist, by Peter Smith (2020). Link to Smith's videos on Bábí and Bahá'í history: Emergence of the Bábí movement; Bábí conflict and collapse; development of a new religion; Bahá'u'lláh; Bahá'í beliefs and practice; geo-cultural breakthroughs; expansion of the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  25. Bahá'í: A Way of Life for Millions, by Lerone Bennett Jr., in Ebony Magazine (1965). Article reprinted from 1965 Ebony Magazine article and made into pamphlet for mass distribution. [about]
  26. Bahá'ís, The: Contributing to an Emerging Global Civilization, by Bahá'í International Community (2017). A popular magazine-format introduction to the Faith produced by the Office of Public Information of the Bahá’í International Community. [about]
  27. Bahá'u'lláh: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). A very brief introduction to the Person of Bahá'u'lláh and some of His teachings. [about]
  28. Baha'u'llah and the New Era, by John E. Esslemont (1980). The classic introductory text on the Bahá'í Faith focusing on Bahá'í teachings and the lives of the Bab, Bahá'u'lláh, and Abdu'l-Bahá. [about]
  29. Baha'u'llah, the Messenger of God: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). Short biography of Bahá'u'lláh with scriptural excerpts. [about]
  30. Baha'u'llah, The Promised One: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). [about]
  31. Basics of the Bahá'í Faith, by Darius Shahrokh and Grace Shahrokh, in Windows to the Past (1994). Comprehensive summary of Bahai history and teachings, distributed by Images International as a 35-page booklet. Transcript available in both English and Persian. [about]
  32. Becoming a Bahá'í - What Do I Need to Know?: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2012). An aid to inviting people to enrol, explaining very simply what they need to know before joining the Bahá'í community. [about]
  33. Being A Bahá'í: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). Short introduction to Bahá'í religious obligations. [about]
  34. Brief Course on the Bahá'í Faith, A (1993). Basic themes and beliefs of the Bahá'í Faith, explained succinctly, with glossary and study questions. [about]
  35. Brief History of the Bahá'í Faith (1996). Chronology of major events in Bahá'í history from 1844 to 1996. [about]
  36. Buddhism and the Bahá'í Faith: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2002). An overview of similar Bahá'í and Buddhist teachings. [about]
  37. Christ, Return of: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1994). Some Christian prophecies and their fulfillment in the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  38. Christianity and the Bahá'í Faith: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2005). [about]
  39. Christmas and Bahá'ís: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2002). [about]
  40. Climate Change: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2020). [about]
  41. Compare: Bahá'í Faith, Islam, Christianity, Judaism (2009). Comparison charts of statistics, basic beliefs, origins, and history. [about]
  42. Consultation: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). [about]
  43. Convincing Answers to Your Questions about ... (1962). Introductory pamphlet about the Bahá'í Faith, including brief solutions to some of "the problems afflicting mankind in what is regarded as the most turbulent period in history." [about]
  44. Counsellors, Board Members, and Assistants: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2002). An explanation of the ‘Appointed Arm’ of the Faith. [about]
  45. Cyflwyno'r Ffydd: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1993). Welsh introduction to the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  46. Daily Devotions: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1993). A summary of Bahá'í laws on daily obligatory prayer, reading the Writings, and meditation. [about]
  47. Dear Parent ... a Message to a non-Bahá'í Parent: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2000). A letter written to the parents of British Bahá'í converts to dispel anxiety and misinformation. [about]
  48. Economics, A Bahá'í Approach: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1994). [about]
  49. Education, Bahá'í: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1994). [about]
  50. Environment, Caring for: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2008). [about]
  51. Family Life: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1992). [about]
  52. Fasting and the Bahá'í Fast: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1993). [about]
  53. Food and Farming: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2001). [about]
  54. Freedom of Speech: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1997). [about]
  55. Glosario Basico de Terminos Bahá'ís (2004). Spanish glossary of 404 terms used in the Bahá'í writings, community and administration, as well as words related to the history of other religions, and the history of Persia, Turkey and the Holy Land. Followed by glossary from the Iqan. [about]
  56. Glossary and Index of Terms, in Encyclopaedia of Islam, volume 13 "Index" (2004). Comprehensive glossary of Islam. (Extracted from the final volume, #13. Encyclopedia index not included.) [about]
  57. Glossary of Arabic and Persian Transcription (2016). Comprehensive list of names and terms encountered in Bahá'í history, with transcription (accents, underlines and underdots), locations, word meanings, history and definitions. [about]
  58. God's Promise to Humanity: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1993). [about]
  59. God, Nature of: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1994). The nature of God in the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  60. Good and Evil: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1996). [about]
  61. Guide to Pronunciation, A, by Darius Shahrokh, in Windows to the Past (1992). Pronunciation of Persian and Arabic words, clearly explained and enunciated for a non–Persian-speaking audience. [about]
  62. Guide to Transliteration and Pronunciation of the Persian Alphabet: together with the Numerical Value of the letters (Abjad Reckoning), by Marzieh Gail, in Bahá'í Glossary (1957). Persian letter, key, transliteration, pronunciation, and Abjad value. [about]
  63. Health and Healing: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1989). [about]
  64. Hinduism and the Bahá'í Faith: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2000). [about]
  65. Importance of Religion, The: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2015). [about]
  66. Internet Guidance, by Bahá'í Internet Agency (2004). Links to a variety of guidelines for online media: responding to opposition online; how to do podcasting and blogging; netiquette; SEO and hosting websites; using social networking sites; compilation on Internet communications; PowerPoint presentations. [about]
  67. Introduction to the Bahá'í Tradition, in On Common Ground: World Religions in America (1997). Brief overview of The Bab and Bahá'u'lláh; worldwide expansion; affirming oneness; feast and fireside; human equality; and becoming a Bahá'í. [about]
  68. Is the Bahá'í Faith a World Religion?, by Seena Fazel, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 6:1 (1994). Examination of the terms "world religion" and "new religious movement" to demonstrate that the Bahá'í Faith is best categorized as a "world religion." [about]
  69. Islam and the Bahá'í Faith, by Abir Majid (2004). Comprehensive overview of the relationship between the Bahá'í Faith and Islam, and background on Islam for Bahá'ís. Includes outline of Bahá'í principles and history, "An Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith." [about]
  70. Islam and the Bahá'í Faith: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2002). [about]
  71. Judaism and the Bahá'í Faith: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2004). [about]
  72. Law and Order: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1995). [about]
  73. Light of Baha'u'llah, The: An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith (1974). General introductory book: Bahá'í history, life of Bahá'u'lláh, spiritual teachings, social teachings, Bahá'í laws, administration, community life, and progressive revelation. [about]
  74. Making the Invisible Visible: Introductory Books on the Bahá'í Faith, by Denis MacEoin, in Religion (iFirst), 42:3 (2012). Overview of contemporary issues in Bahá'í scholarship from an outsider's perspective, including definition of "New Religious Movement," links to Islam, and the succession of authority in light of the truncated guardianship and the lack of schisms. [about]
  75. Marriage, Bahá'í: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1992). Bahá'u'lláh said everyone should marry. Marriage unites the physical and spiritual in a "fortress for well-being" and provides for the nurturing of children. People should choose partners carefully. Discusses the ceremony, solving problems and divorce. [about]
  76. Monarchy, The Future of: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2002). [about]
  77. New Age, The: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1992). [about]
  78. New Garden, The: An Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith, by Hushmand Fatheazam (2002). A widely-shared introductory text summarizing Bahá'í history and teachings. [about]
  79. New Millennium, The: A Bahá'í View: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1999). [about]
  80. New World Order, The: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1995). [about]
  81. Nine Holy Days, by Jackie Mehrabi (1975). Booklet geared to children and junior youth, giving an overview of all principal Bahá'í holidays, and bios of the Figures they commemorate. [about]
  82. Numeracy for the Junior Youth: Addition and Subtraction, by Boris Handal (2021). Learning materials developed for use in rural schools in India, intertwining numeracy skills with spiritual concepts for the Junior Youth age range. Reflections and quotations from the Bahá'í writings are included. [about]
  83. One Human Race: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1993). Brief introduction of ideas related to the Bahá'í concept of the oneness of mankind. [about]
  84. Oriental Words in Bahá'í Literature, Transliteration, and Pronunciation, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 18 (1979-1983) (1986). Guide to spelling and pronunciation of Arabic and Persian words encountered in Bahá'í history and writings. [about]
  85. Pastoral Care of Bahá'í Children: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1995). [about]
  86. Personal Names and Titles in Islamic and Baha'i Usage, by John Walbridge, in Essays and Notes on Babi and Baha'i History (2002). [about]
  87. Powerpoints for Deepening, by Duane Troxel (2004). 25 presentations in Powerpoint format, on a variety of topics covering Bahá'í history, Central Figures, teachings, and relationship with Islam. [about]
  88. Prayer and Meditation: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). [about]
  89. Promise of All Ages, The, by George Townshend (1934). Overview of Bahá'í teachings: a "sketch of the religious teaching of Bahá’u’lláh on the subject of the unity of mankind and the establishment in this century of a universal and permanent peace." [about]
  90. Promise of Lord Krishna, The, by Gloria A. Faizi (1975). Bahá'í fulfillment of Krishna's prophecy of return: "Whenever there is decay of righteousness and exaltation of unrighteousness, then I Myself come forth." [about]
  91. Queen Victoria and the Bahá'í Faith: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1999). [about]
  92. Religion of Islam, by Ahang Rabbani (2007). Overview of Islam: law and doctrine, The Qur'an, Hadith, the Five Pillars, Quranic interpretation. [about]
  93. Religions Are One: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1993). [about]
  94. Science and Religion: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1995). [about]
  95. Short Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith, A, by Peter Smith (2013). Summary prepared for the Virginia Commonwealth University website on religious movements. Includes short history, doctrines and beliefs, Bahá'í practices, issues and challenges, and references. [about]
  96. Short Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith, A, by Moojan Momen (1997). An introduction to the teachings, beliefs, practices, and history of the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  97. Sikhism and the Bahá'í Faith: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1998). Introductory leaflet describing similarities and differences between Bahá'í and Sikh teachings. [about]
  98. Soul, Life of the: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). [about]
  99. Space: The Final Frontier?: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1997). [about]
  100. Story of the Prophets, by Farnaz Ma'sumian (2013). Biographies of nine Manifestations, from Abraham to Bahá'u'lláh. Designed for junior youth by a retired professor of world religions, it provides a compact source of information on the founders of the world's major religions in readable language. [about]
  101. Suffering, The Meaning of: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). [about]
  102. Sustainable Development, A Bahá'í View: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1995). [about]
  103. Teaching Bahá'í History in Schools: A Resource Material, by Boris Handal (2010). A self-contained lesson addressing the history and growth of the Faith and the lives of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh, designed for primary-school students in the broader community; contains learning objectives, learning activities, and audio-visual resources. [about]
  104. Terrorism, Freedom from: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1996). [about]
  105. "This Glorious Harvest of Victory": The 1963 World Congress, by Adam Thorne (2012). Brief history about the first international Bahá'í congress, including recollections of some participants. [about]
  106. Videos for Deepening, by Duane Troxel (2004). Four videos: The Life of the Báb, The Life of the Guardian, The Return of Christ, and What Do Bahá'ís Believe. [about]
  107. Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1989). A series of brochures for seekers and new Bahá'ís explaining basic Bahá'í teachings. [about]
  108. Way to World Peace, The: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2015). [about]
  109. Why Are We Here: Meaning of Life: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2003). [about]
  110. Women, The Status of: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1995). Overview of the status of women in education, marriage, and the future. [about]
  111. Words of Inspiration: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1992). [about]
  112. World Citizenship: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1996). [about]
  113. World Peace: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1990). [about]
  114. World Wide Web, The: An Owner's Manual for Bahá'í Youth, by Phil Christensen (2005). Guide to the Internet for Bahá'í Youth. Sites to visit, sites to avoid, and other information. [Old, not updated] [about]
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