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Videos of Lectures
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Videos of academic/historic content only. See also Talks, Presentations, and Audio. Note: no attempt has been made to find more videos, but there are hundreds which could be included; search Youtube, Vimeo, and WebChannel9. If you can help add these to our Library, please email us.
  1. Abdu'l-Baha and "The Other", by Jan T. Jasion (2021). On xenophobia; Abdu'l-Bahá's response to it; his reactions to certain newspapers; the impact of xenophobia on digitized collections; some comments by Bahá'u'lláh on journalism. Text of a webinar presented to the Wilmette Institute (December, 2020). [about]
  2. 'Abdu'l-Bahá in New York, by Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman (2012). History of Abdu'l-Bahá's visit, concepts and principles he spoke about, the social context of New York at the time, and personal stories of the lives of early American Bahá'ís. Includes video interview with the author, and Spanish translation. [about]
  3. Audio and video clips, by Alain Locke (1933). [about]
  4. Audio-Video Presentations: Mirza Mihdi; historia de la familia Khamsi; Varqá and Rúhu'lláh, by Boris Handal (2020). Links to five Youtube videos in English and Spanish, including "Mírzá Mihdí: The Purest Branch," "Mírzá Mihdí: La Rama Más Pura," "Historia de la Familia Khamsi, un Legado de Servicio," and "Life and Martyrdom of Varqá and Rúhu’lláh." [about]
  5. Awakening: A History of the Bábi and Bahá'í Faiths in Nayriz, by Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman (2013). Eight items: The complete book in Spanish, sample chapter in English, reviews, audio interview, and video interviews and presentations, including one on "Bábí Women Of Nayriz" in the persecutions of 1850, 1853 and 1909. [about]
  6. Backbiting, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside in St. Petersburg. [about]
  7. Bahá'í Law, by Roshan Danesh (2021). Bahá'í law in its historical, cultural, social, religious, political, and legal contexts, within processes and discourses of social change and legal revitalization within Islamic societies; responses to modernity, colonization, and justice movements. [about]
  8. Bahá'í Reception of the Qur'an, The, by Todd Lawson (2016). Quranic themes inform much of the Bahá'í proclamation. One theme is unity: there is one god, one humanity, and one religion. Another is the importance of Revelation through God's recurring messengers, and Apocalypse as but the dawn of a new message. [about]
  9. Bahá'í Studies videos, by Peter Smith (2013). Twelve introductory videos about Bahá'í history, practice, and teachings. [about]
  10. 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]
  11. Birds of Diverse Feathers Consult Together, by Daniel C. Jordan and Doug Honaker (1972). 25-minute film strip with audio narration, written by Jordan and illustrated by Honaker. Originally accompanied by a booklet that had photos of all the images and the narrative. [about]
  12. Birth of Human Beings in the Writings of the Bab, by Nader Saiedi (2010). A talk on an invited topic (the origin of humankind) from a scholar known for his unique familiarity with the works of The Bab. [about]
  13. Collections of Audio and Video Talks: Lists of Speakers and Titles, by Various (?-20). List of talks and presentations in Video or Audio format found at other sites; included here for reference and keyword indexing. [about]
  14. "Come Back, Africa": First commercial film mentioning the Bahá'í Faith, by Greg Watson (2013). Context of a 1959 African documentary/drama film in which the Bahá'í Faith is discussed. [about]
  15. Coming of Age, by Hooper Dunbar (2012). Overview of the Faith and discussion of "coming of age" which, both at an individual level and as part of the social evolution of humankind, is a common theme in the Writings. Includes question-and-answer session. [about]
  16. Cultural Values and Spirituality, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Speech to the Bahá'í community in St. Petersburg. [about]
  17. Divine Philosophy as Described by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside talk. [about]
  18. Efficient Searches and Shortcuts, by Brett Zamir (2022). A series of videos introducing rationales for, and details on use of, browser keyword shortcuts with the Bahá'í Writings [about]
  19. Enigmatic Questions Surrounding the Appearances of the Prophets, by John S. Hatcher (2011). Issues related to the ontology and powers of the Manifestations can test the mettle of even deepened and learned Bahá'ís, but these concepts are central in understanding how the creator employs vicegerents to educate humankind. [about]
  20. Equality of Men and Women, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside talk at the Bahá'í Centre in St. Petersburg. [about]
  21. Family Stories about Ismu'llahu'l-Asdaq and His Son Ibn-i-Asdaq, by Shafigheh Fatheazam (2020). Recollections from a descendant of Mulla Sadiq Muqaddas Ismu'llah as-Sadiq, the Hand of the Cause who was one of the earliest to become a Babi, from the time of the Bab to the time of Shoghi Effendi; includes many stories not recorded in written sources. [about]
  22. Few Distinctive Aspects of the Bahá'í Faith, A, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Talk at the Bahá'í Center in St. Petersburg. [about]
  23. Fifty Bahá'í Principles of Unity: A Paradigm of Social Salvation, by Christopher Buck, in Bahá'í Studies Review, 18 (2014). World religions are systems of salvation, liberation, or harmony, in direct response to the perceived human predicament. To Baha’is, this predicament is profound estrangement and the solution is world unity, from family to international relations. [about]
  24. God's Will, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside talk in St. Petersburg. [about]
  25. Good, The, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside talk in St. Petersburg. [about]
  26. Historical Consciousness and the Divine Plan, by Douglas Martin (2010). A series of eight talks, in both audio and video formats, on the evolution of religion and humanity. [about]
  27. Ideas, Religion, and Social Change, by Julia Berger, in Rethinking Religion and Politics in a Plural World: The Bahá'í International Community and the United Nations (2021). Links to a book chapter and video presentation and presentation notes (offsite) presented for the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, on meaning-making processes driving NGO behavior and the Bahá'í Faith's pursuit of social change. [about]
  28. Intellectual Life of the Bahá'í Community, The, by Farzam Arbab, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 26:4 (2016). The 34th Hasan M. Balyuzi Memorial Lecture at the ABS conference in Montreal, on the need for us to have intellectual courage, a lack of elitism, and the harmony of science and religion. Includes video, published version, and an outline of the talk. [about]
  29. Islam and the Life of the Mind, by Todd Lawson (2005). History of Islamic philosophy and how it connects to individual Muslims. [about]
  30. Logic and Mysticism, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Two presentations in Russia on the same topic. [about]
  31. Material and Spiritual Worlds, by Peter J. Khan (2010). Four talks on the Five-Year Plan given at the North Island Bahá'í Summer School, Hamilton, New Zealand, December 2010. [about]
  32. Membership, Joining and Leaving Religious Movements and Organizations, by Peter Smith (2020). Reflections from the perspective of sociology of religion on belonging, joining, and leaving a faith group: membership, conversion, 'deconversion,' and sociological factors impacting conversion and deconversion; includes videos. [about]
  33. Nature of the Soul, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside talk at the Bahá'í Center in St. Petersburg. [about]
  34. Near Death Experience, by Reinee Pasarow (1993). Video talk by a person who had a life-changing near death experience as a teenager, became a seeker and Bahá'í, and did talks about her experience which also gave her the opportunity to teach about the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  35. 'Never Again': Kevin Gover's Apology for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, by Christopher Buck, in Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies, 21.1 (2006). This article does not mention the Bahá'í Faith, but was published in a social justice and human rights journal and written by a Bahá'í. [about]
  36. On the Meaning of Being a Bahá'í, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Talk at the Bahá'í Center in St. Petersburg. [about]
  37. Phenomenon of Prejudice, The, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside at the Bahá'í Centre in St. Petersburg. [about]
  38. Philosophy of Minimalism, The, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Talk at the Philosophical Club of St. Petersburg. [about]
  39. Prayer and Meditation, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Talk at the Bahá'í Center in St. Petersburg. [about]
  40. Progressive Revelation and Oneness of Religion, by William Sears (1972). A videotaped talk (possibly from 1972), along with a shorter animated 2018 presentation prepared by a graphic designer for the Bahá'í Journeys website. [about]
  41. Question of Objectivity, The, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Speech at the Faculty of Philosophy of St. Petersburg State University. [about]
  42. Relationship Between Science and Religion, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside in St. Petersburg. [about]
  43. Sacrifice, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside talk in St. Petersburg. [about]
  44. Short Films, Music, and Prayers, by Alan Bryson (2020). Link to "Irenic Visuals," a YouTube channel with Bahá'í music and prayers, and short films on Bahiyyih Khanum, Lorna Byrne, interfaith dialogue, Juliet Thompson, and Kahlil Gibran. [about]
  45. Story of Anis Zunuzi, The, by Houri Falahi-Skuce (2020). Links to 53-minute video presentation with original music and narration. Includes transcript. [about]
  46. Storytelling and Once Upon a Time, The: Youtube Playlists, by Fariborz Sahba (2020). Zoom videos of some historical events witnessed by the manager for the Arc Project during 10 years of the development of the Bahá'í Temple in India and 15 years of the development of the Mount Carmel Bahá'í Project in Haifa, and other stories. [about]
  47. Tafsir and the Meaning of the Qur'an: The Crucifixion in Muslim Thought, by Todd Lawson (2010). Using Qur'án 4:156-7 as an example, classical tafsīr, “scholastic" exegesis, has not always taken account of the way all Muslims understand the Quranic text. Other understandings may be found in poetry, philosophy, mysticism and even historical writing. [about]
  48. TextBrowser, Bahaiwritings, and Bahai-browser.org: Web apps for browsing the Bahá'í Writings with customizability , by Brett Zamir (2022). Tutorial videos on an experimental web app to browse Writings with high customizability and in parallel. [about]
  49. Truth and Happiness, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Fireside with Bahá'ís in St. Petersburg. [about]
  50. Understanding Bahá'í History: Introduction to the study of history, by Moojan Momen (2013). Video and transcript, prepared for the Wilmette Institute, about how to approach and understand the study of history, biases of eyewitnesses, and the subjective construction of facts. [about]
  51. Universal Values, by William S. Hatcher (2003). Two presentations in Russia on the same topic. [about]
  52. Where the Future Nests: 19th Century Babi and Bahá'í Photography, by Negar Mottahedeh (2009). [about]
  53. Wilmette Institute Presentations on Youtube.com (2011). Link to Youtube channel with dozens of educational presentations and videos, listed here for keyword searching and tagging. [about]
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