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  1. All is One: Becoming Indigenous and Bahá'í in Global North America, by Chelsea Horton (2013). Native-American identity, conversion, and community, as viewed through the lens of the Bahá'í Faith. For some, converting to the Bahá'í Faith accompanied a voyage of self-discovery toward indigenous identity. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  2. Anti-Secular Regulation of Religious Difference in Egypt, The, by Meriam Wagdy Azmi (2021). Religious minorities lack recognition by the government. Secularism could remedy this, but some argue that it actually leads to religious tension. Egypt's problem is the way it espouses Islam and Shari'a as its identity and the basis for public order. [about]
  3. Aspects of Isrá'íliyyát and the Emergence of the Bábí-Bahá'í Interpretation of the Bible, Some, by Stephen Lambden (2002). Islamic "Israelitica" literary traditions, the Bible, and their relationship to the Bábí and Bahá'í religions. Includes discussion of the Greatest Name, Ism Alláh al-A'zam. [about]
  4. Babi Movement in Iran, The: From Religious Dissent to Political Revolt, 1844, by Ahmad Nur Fuad (1998). Development of the Bábí movement and the political implications of its religious teachings, as seen in its shift from purely religious dissent to political dissent. [about]
  5. Bahá'í Apocalypticism: The Concept of Progressive Revelation, by Zaid Lundberg (1996). Progressive revelation is part of a coherent system of apocalypticism. Paper includes discussion of theology, cosmology, and prophetology. [about]
  6. Bahá'í Approach to Cosmopolitan Ideas in International Relations, The, by Nalinie N. Mooten (2005). On Western cosmopolitan thought from its infancy to the present day and on a Bahá’í cosmopolitan model to International Relations (IR), which reinforces ideas based on essential oneness. [about]
  7. Bahá'í Electoral Process, The: Servant Leadership or New Paradigm?, by Vickie Hu Poirier (2006). Exploratory survey of the unique electoral and leadership model which exists in the Bahá’í community, and the extent of servant and transformational leadership in the Bahá’í model, its conceptual basis, and participation of women and minorities. [about]
  8. Bahá'í Faith in Malwa, The: A Study of a Contemporary Religious Movement, by William Garlington (1975). A broad overview of Bahá'í history in general and in India in particular. Examination of present-day activities, sociological frameworks of village life, and development of local Bahá'í administrative orders. [about]
  9. Baha'i Principle of Religious Unity and the Challenge of Radical Pluralism, by Dann J. May, in Revisioning the Sacred: New Perspectives on a Bahá'í Theology, Studies in the Bábí and Bahá'í Religions vol. 8 (1993). A shorter version of this thesis is published as "The Bahá'í Principle of Religious Unity: A Dynamic Perspectivism." [about]
  10. Bahá'í Students and American University of Beirut in the Early 20th Century, by Reed M. Breneman (2008). The influential activities of the campus Bahá'í association in Beirut, 1900-1920 and during the first World War. [about]
  11. Bahá'í Teachings on Economics and Their Implications for the Bahá'í Community and the Wider Society, by Hooshmand Badee (2015). This research attempts to explore the extensive volume of Bahá’í writings on economics and systematize it in a fashion that is accessible to academia, and beneficial to the Bahá’ís and the wider society. [about]
  12. Baha'i Temple for Canada, A, by Susanna A. Khodarahmi-Bron (2003). Proposed design for a future possible temple in Markham, Ontario; characteristics of Bahá'í temples; overview of symbolism and sacred place; influences on design of Canadian culture and architecture. [about]
  13. Bahá'ísm: History, Transfiguration, Doxa, by Hutan Hejazi Martinez (2010). An outsider's view of the role of ideologies in a postmodern era, focusing on Bahá'í history, conversion narratives, ideology, and other competing philosophies. (Link to thesis, offsite.) [about]
  14. Being and Becoming: A Photographic Inquiry with Bahá'í Men into Cultures of Peace, by Chuck Egerton (2020). How Bahá’í men experience and perform their masculinities as told through their stories and photographs; the theories of Bourdieu's habitus, the mirror of visual introspection through photography, and indigenous "Sacred Relationship"; conflict resolution. [about]
  15. Children of Iranian Asylum-Seekers in Turkey: Construction of National and Religious Identity, by Merve Calhan (2011). Study of the nationalist and religious character of children of Iranian Bahá'í and Shi'i emigrants in Turkey. The transplanted Bahá'í youth maintained a stronger sense of religious identity. (Offsite.) [about]
  16. Coming Age of Humanity and its Implications for Psychotherapy, The, by Diane Robinson Kerr (2013). Humanity is undergoing inevitable and revolutionary change. The transition from turbulent adolescence to global maturity especially affects our understanding of human psychology. This thesis examines the impact on psychotherapy in particular. [about]
  17. Concept of Process in the Bahá'í Writings, The, by Vargha Taefi (2005). Thesis is in Persian only, no English translation is available. [about]
  18. Concepts of Spirituality in The Works of Robert Houle and Otto Rogers with Special Consideration to Images of the Land , by Nooshfar B. Afnan (2000). The attitude of native Canadians toward the land and the prairies, as expressed through the work of two artists, their spiritual iconography, and Bahá'í teachings regarding nature. [about]
  19. Desert Enlightenment: Prophets and Prophecy in American Science Fiction, by Justice Hagan (2013). On the pivotal role in the development of the central characters the narratives of the novel Dune, the comics The Rise of Apocalypse, and the film Star Wars. Contains a few passing mentions related to the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  20. Development of Precast Exposed Aggregate Concrete Cladding, The: The Legacy of John J. Earley and the Implications for Preservation Philosophy, by Jenna Cellini (2008). Architectural use of concrete and different concrete types, with many references to the Bahá'í temple in Wilmette. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  21. Development of Shaykhi Thought in Shi'i Islam, The, by Vahid Rafati (1979). [about]
  22. Die Grundlagen Der "Verwaltungsordnung" Der Baha'i: (The foundations of the Baha'i administrative order), by Udo Schaefer (1957). Schaefer beschreibt in der Dissertation die Bahá'í-Verwaltungsordnung. Sie basiert auf dem Bund Gottes. Er erläutert im Detail die Bahá'í-Gemeinde, deren Elemente der Organisation, die Quellen des Bahá'í-Rechts und die verwendeten Begriffe. [about]
  23. Die persische Staatszeitung Rúznáme-ye Vaqáye`-e Ettefáqíyye, weit mehr als herrschaftliche Repräsentation, by Hassani Riazi (2009). Some history of the Shaykhi and Bábí movements in the context of the Persian state newspaper Rúznámih-yi Vaqáyi`-i Ettefáqíyyih. (Link to thesis, offsite.) [about]
  24. Diné Becoming Baha'i: Through the Lens of Ancient Prophecies, by Linda S. Covey (2011). Some Diné (Navajo) convert to the Bahá'í Faith because it fulfills their ancient prophecies, its institutions provide autonomy and empower the Diné people, and Bahá'í values of cultural diversity allow Diné to practice their traditional ways. [about]
  25. Dying for God: Martyrdom in the Shii and Babi Religions, by Jonah Winters (1997). Religious and cultural meanings of martyrdom/witnessing, and their role in Shí'í and Bábí history. [about]
  26. Early Years of the Babi Movement, The: Background and Development, by Abbas Amanat (1981). Details of the rise of the Bábí religion, 1844-1847: military and social climate of Iran, millenarianism, the family of The Báb, conflicts within early Shaykhism, and shifts in The Báb's proclamation. [about]
  27. Educational Strategy Selection of Religious Minorities in Modern Iran: The Case of the Jewish, Christian, and Bahá'í Communities, by Sina Mossayeb (2010). The impact of government repression on access to and quality of educational opportunities of minority groups, and the strategies used by marginalized and discriminated groups in response to educational inequity under authoritarian regimes. [about]
  28. El Legado de Una Nueva Profecía: Historia de la Fe Bahá'í en Chile, by Rocio Macarena Montoya Jorquera (2017). History of the Bahá'ís in Chile, from Martha Root's arrival in 1920, Marcia Stewart first pioneer in 1939, experiences under the Pinochet government, to the establishment of the Bahá'í Temple in 2016. [about]
  29. Examination of the Environmental Crisis, by Chris Jones Kavelin (2001). With a specific focus on the balance between the instrumental and intrinsic value of nature from a Bahá'í perspective. [about]
  30. Exploratory Study Examining the Factors Associated with the Survival of Underground Education in an Oppressive Environment, by Nayyer Ghadirian (2008). History of and challenges faced by the Bahá'í Institute of Higher Education. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  31. Exploring Learning Processes within a Collaborative Study Circle: Cultural-historical activity theory perspective on individual and social transformation, by Jean-Marie Nau (2012). Processes of learning in communities outside school-related education; Bahá'í theories of how education can express humans as noble beings; knowledge as a manifestation of social reality; teleological history; humanity as an organically evolving entity. [about]
  32. Faith Community as Extended Family, The: The Influence of Shared Spiritual Values as Experienced by Bahá'í Families in the Cowichan Valley, by Kenneth Paul Cooper (1997). Nature of the Bahá'í family and standards of behavior, and how they are influenced by the broader Bahá'í community and its value-based social network. [about]
  33. Faith, Theory, and Practice: Interracial Marriage as a Symbol of the Oneness of Humanity, by Benjamin Leiker (2004). [about]
  34. Food, Justice, and the Baha'i Faith, by Paul Fieldhouse (2005). PhD Dissertation tests the claim that "food," both literal and metaphorical, provides a practical way through which Bahá’ís can articulate and achieve their ethical goals. [about]
  35. From Sect to Church: A Sociological Interpretation of the Bahá'í Movement [excerpt], by Peter Ludwig Berger (1954). Early notable thesis by an eminent sociologist; first chapter only (for an assessment of Berger's work on Bahá'í, see the note). [about]
  36. From Shaykhism to Babism: A Study in Charismatic Renewal in Shi'i Islam, by Denis MacEoin (1979). Examination of the Bábí movement within the wider context of Imami Shi'ism, the shadow of Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i and Sayyid Kazem Rashti, and the Bábí rejection of Shaykhism. [about]
  37. Greater Boldness: Radical Storytelling with Canadian Bahá'í Women , by Sophie Tamas (1998). How the Bahá'í Faith's teachings on gender equality can be promoted through social activism and storytelling-based consciousness-raising workshop. [about]
  38. Growth and Spread of the Baha'i Faith, The, by Arthur Hampson (1980). A detailed attempt to describe and account for the spread of the Bahá'í Faith, including the roles played by its centralized leadership, its belief system, and its policies, as well as attitudes and conditions outside the control of the Bahá'í movement. [about]
  39. Harlem Preparatory School: An Alternative, by Hussein Ahdieh (1974). Harlem Prep was one of the leading alternative schools in the country. This study (written 3 years before the school's closing) recounts its founding, and its financial and educational development. [about]
  40. Hidden Words and Sounds: Tracing Iranian Legacies and Traumas in the Music of the Bahá'ís of North America, by Daniel Akira Stadnicki (2019). On the legacy of Persian culture, aesthetics, and history of religious persecution as reflected in Bahá'í American music; themes of religious oppression, persecution, and martyrdom; Iranian diaspora, transnational music-making, and cosmopolitanism. [about]
  41. Historical Analysis of Critical Transformations in the Evolution of the Bahá'í World Faith, An, by Vernon Elvin Johnson (1974). Detailed study of major changes in the Faith's history, opposition to such changes, and their resulting tensions and resolutions. [about]
  42. Historical Development of Genoa Square in Acre Israel from the Seventh Century to the Present Day, The, by Amy Suzanne Hollander (1995). A study of the structure, development, space, and historic preservation of a portion of Akka, including discussion of its place in Bahá'í history. [about]
  43. Human environment interactions and collaborative adaptive capacity building in a resilience framework, by Peter T. Bruss (2012). Lengthy study of human effects on the environment informed by a Bahá'í perspective, with passing mentions of the Faith and the Native American Bahá'í Institute. Link to offsite document. [about]
  44. Humanity of Evil, The: Bahá'í Reflections on the film The Act of Killing, by Bernardo Bortolin Kerr (2014). The theology of evil throughout history and in Bahá'í thought; ways in which people de-humanize and become alienated from their own selves; on forgiveness and merciful love in the face of justice and punishment. [about]
  45. In search of Martha Root: An American Bahá'í feminist and peace advocate in the early twentieth century, by Jiling Yang (2007). Early life of Root, her four world teaching trips from 1919 to 1939 with a focus on peace advocacy, and gender and identity reflections on Tahirih. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  46. "In Their Place": Marking and Unmarking Shi'ism in Pahlavi Iran, by Aaron Vahid Sealy (2011). Dissertation about Shi'ite nationalism in Iran 1925-1979, including extensive discussion of anti-Bahá'í activity and persecutions. (Offsite.) [about]
  47. Increasing Complexity as a Process in Social Evolution: A Case Study of the Baha'i Faith, by Mark A. Foster (1980). [about]
  48. La Fe Bahá'í: ética y espiritualidad: Una aproximación desde sus textos, by Aldo Marcelo Caceres (2011). Examination of the ethical and spiritual vision of the Bahá'í Faith, based on its sacred writings, contemporary sources, and personal experiences. [about]
  49. Le cosmopolitisme dans la foi Baha'ie: vers la négociation d'une identité internationale, by Gabrielle Desilets (2009). Study of Montreal's Bahá'í community to understand cosmopolitan ideology, and a sense of belonging to a "global village." Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  50. Lover's Way, The: A Critical Comparison of the Nazm al-Sulúk by Ibn al-Fárid with the Qasídih-yi Varqá'iyyih by Bahá'ulláh, by Brian A. Miller (2000). Link to document offsite. [about]
  51. Mashriqu'l-Adhkar: Sacred Architecture and the Bahá'í faith, by Kenneth B. Sewell (1992). The nature of Bahá'í architecture, the spiritual intentions of the unique design of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, sacred geometry, and the author's original building design. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  52. Measuring Success: An Exploratory Study of United States Bahá'í Local Spiritual Assemblies and the Five Year Plan, by Armin J. Jezari (2010). Applied research project on what degree a typical Local Spiritual Assembly in the United States is adopting elements of effective public administration based on the Five Year Plan (2006-2011). [about]
  53. Minorities and "Islamic" States: Explaining Bahá'í and Ahmadi Marginalization in Iran and Pakistan, by Uzma Jamil (2002). Analysis of the marginalization of Bahá'ís in Iran and Ahmadiyya in Pakistan. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  54. Moral Leadership: The Leadership of the Future: An Exploratory Study in a Bahá'í-Inspired Faith School, by Adrian John Davis (2008). Relationship between theory and practice of moral leadership in a faith-based school, including discussion of institutional dissonance, moral capital, team management, conflict resolution, and the challenges of idealism. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  55. Mortensen, Fred, by Justin Penoyer (2007). Three biographies of an American who met Abdu'l-Bahá, by his great-grandson. [about]
  56. "Most Great Reconstruction": The Bahá'í Faith in Jim Crow South Carolina, 1898-1965, by Louis E. Venters (2010). The Faith enjoyed a period of growth from the 1960s-1980s that was largely inspired by interracial teaching campaigns in the South. The Bahá'í movement in South Carolina was a significant, sustained response to racist ideologies. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  57. Naturalistic Assumptions in School Counseling and the Bahá'í Principle of the Unity of Science and Religion, by Lyon Virostko (2013). Argument for the increased study of a holistic worldview that applies the scientific method to religious and spiritual phenomena using theistic assumptions from religious principles found in the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  58. Nonpartisan Engagement in Public Affairs: A Critical Analysis of the Bahá'í Approach to Dialogue, Democracy, and Diplomatic Relations, by Bui Tyril (2009). How to address the dilemma of protesting human rights abuses in Iran while remaining non-partisan. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  59. Numinous Land, The: Examples of sacred geometry and geopiety in formalist and landscape paintings of the prairies, by Kim Ennis (2012). Includes many references to the Bahá'í Faith and its influence on contemporary artists. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  60. Organizing Digital Collections: The Case of the Bahá'í Academics Resource Library, by Dharlene Valeda (2001). Library Science analysis of the Bahá'í Library's content and architecture, observations about online information retrieval, and ways to structure digital libraries. [about]
  61. Pan-Islamist in Istanbul, A: Jamal ad-Din Afghani and Hamidian Islamism, 1892-1897, by Aytek Sever (2010). A study of a Turkish Islamic political theorist in the nineteenth century. Includes numerous passing mentions of the Babis and Bahá'ís. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  62. Paradise and Paradigm: Key Symbols in Persian Christianity and the Bahá'í Faith, by Christopher Buck (1999). Study of Bahá'í and Christian symbology, the "first academic monograph comparing Christianity and the Bahá'í Faith." [about]
  63. Preliminary Analysis of the Bahá'í Concept of Mental Health, by Laura Herzog (1998). A preliminary analysis of Bahá’í concepts of psychology, delimited to translated Scriptures and the author’s understanding of Divine Revelation, vis-à-vis the theories of Jung, Maslow, and Rogers. [about]
  64. Qur'an Commentary of Sayyid 'Alí Muhammad, the Báb, The: Doctoral dissertation, by Todd Lawson (1987). A study of the Báb's two earliest works, partial commentaries on the Qur'an entitled "Tafsír súrat al-baqara" and "Tafsír súrat Yúsuf" (aka The Qayyum al-Asma), in an attempt to appreciate the Bab's attitude towards the Qur'an. [about]
  65. Redefining Resiliency, Resistance, and Oppression: A Case Study of the Bahá'i Underground University in Iran, by Kimiya Tahirih Missaghi (2021). On the nature of resiliency in a systematically oppressed population; the existence and growth of the Bahá'í Institute of Higher Education exemplify perseverance and resistance under intergenerational pressure; a non-violent approach to seeking justice. [about]
  66. Religion and Relevance: The Baha'is in Britain 1899 - 1930, by Lil Osborn (2003). On the Bahá'í history in the British Isles during the first decades of the 20th century, when it was an inclusive supplementary religious movement not requiring renunciation of existing affiliation; identification of the 80 or so earliest British Bahá'ís. [about]
  67. Revolutions without Revolutionaries?: Social Media Networks and Regime Response in Egypt, by David Faris (2010). The influence of the Internet on changes to the balance of power. Contains many references to the situation of the Bahá'ís in Egypt. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  68. Same Hesitant Rhythm, The, by Brittany D. Kusserow (2008). An outsider's perspective of Bahá'í community participation in one small American city, and her response to Bahá'í views on homosexuality. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  69. Same Yet Different, The: Bahá'í Perspectives on Achieving Unity out of Difference, by Deborah Clark Vance (2002). Based on in-depth interviews with members of the Bahá’í Faith [in the USA] to uncover a description of how they believe they can bring together diverse people; development of a linear model of multicultural communication. [about]
  70. Searching for May Maxwell: Bahá'í Millennial Feminism, Transformative Identity and Globalism in the New World Order, by Selena M. Crosson (2013). On forces influencing and shaping womens' roles in early Bahá’i culture, 1898-1940. A group of Western women, associated with Maxwell through ties of faith and friendship, was one of the first to establish a transnational feminist reform network. [about]
  71. Selected Topics of Comparison in Christianity and the Bahá'í Faith, by Peter Mazal (1999). Comparison of Bahá'í and Christian morality, archetypal events and people (e.g. the ideal woman) in early Christian and Bábí-Bahá'í history plus concepts of Christ (Christology) and the Messiah compared to Prophets, Messengers and Manifestations of God. [about]
  72. Shared Value Priorities in Groups: The Impact of the Bahá'i Faith on Values, by Faezeh Afshar (2012). Examination of value priorities held by Bahá'ís and the degree of their religiousity, using data obtained by an online survey of over 1,000 responses. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  73. Social Justice, Wealth Equity and Gender Equality: Bahá'ís and non-Bahá'ís of Alberta, by Leslie William Kuzyk (2003). Bahá'í theology takes distinctive positions on wealth distribution and gender equality. These issues are causal factors in a more just model of society. A social survey establishes empirically whether a Bahá'í population differs from common society. [about]
  74. Study of Architectural Monuments in South-East Zone of Nigeria, A: Evolving Appropriate Listing Criteria, by Nduka Emmanuel Okechukwu (2013). Overview of the architecture, design considerations, and construction of the Lotus Temple in India (excerpted from a longer thesis on other topics). [about]
  75. Theology of Revolution: Messianic Traditions and the Revolutions They Inspired, by Jaime Lenninger McLellan (2012). Includes extensive discussion of Bahá'í history, doctrines, and the ideology behind the Bábí revolts. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  76. Theses and dissertations on the Bahá'í Faith: 1954-1994/2003 (1995). List of dissertations, as taken from the ProQuest database. Needs to be updated. [about]
  77. Thinking in Buddhism: Nagarjuna's Middle Way, by Jonah Winters (1994). Thesis and unpublished book on the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, the central text of a school of thought that later evolved and migrated to become Zen Buddhism. [about]
  78. To what extent can the ‘blogs' of sympathisers and representatives of the Bahá'í Faith be seen as interactive channels of communication that report on the persecution of the Bahá'ís in Iran?, by Afshin Robin Rohani (2009). Examination of how online communications have been used to highlight human rights, including the Muslim Network for Bahá'í Rights blog. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  79. Trial and Triumph: The Origins of the Bahá'í Faith in Black America, by Jerome Green (2004). Focusing on a period between 1890 and 1940, this work addresses how Black America first encountered the Bahá’í Faith and demonstrates the Faith’s social and religious appeal within the black community. [about]
  80. Unity in Diversity: Acceptance and Integration in an Era of Intolerance and Fragmentation, by Roxanne Lalonde (1994). Short excerpt from thesis, edited as a stand-alone article. [about]
  81. When Science and Religion Merge: A Modern Case Study, by Salman Oskooi (2009). The problem of disharmony between scripture and science is rooted in an unwarranted misattribution of scriptural inerrancy. [about]
  82. World Baha'i Institute in New York, by Nima Yadollahpour (2002). An architectural proposal for a Bahá'í complex in Manhattan, designed structurally and mathematically based on the Seven Valleys. [about]
  83. World Into One Nation, The: World Peace and the Bahá'í Faith, by Nahzy Abadi Buck (1981). How a whole human society, united and cooperative, can be like a single family. Includes overview of opinions of world leaders on the Bahá'í Faith, essential elements of the Faith, cooperation of the Bahá'í International Community with the United Nations. [about]
  84. Zoroastrian Conversions to the Baha'i Faith in Yazd, Iran, by Susan Maneck (1983). The Bahá'í Faith appealed to Zoroastrian messianic motifs, Iranian paradigms of legitimacy, and reforming elements within the Zoroastrian community. This study examines conversions in Yazd from the early 1880s to the beginning of the 20th century. [about]
  85. Духовное послание Льва Толстого сквозь призму новой религии Бахаи, by Куштар Мамыталиев (2006). Первая работа на русском языке о влиянии веры бахаи на великого русского писателя Льва Николаевича Толстого. Толстой живо интересовался этой новой религией, старался достать книги и любую информацию о ней, и беседовал с несколькими бахаи. [about]
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