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How Laura Barney employed ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s teachings to influence social discourse as she taught the Bahá'í Faith in Europe and the United States.
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Laura Barney's Discipleship to 'Abdu'l-Bahá:
Tracing a Theological Flow from the Middle East to the United States, 1900-1916

by Layli Maria Miron

published in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 28:1-2, pages 7-31
Ottawa: Association for Bahá'í Studies North America, 2018
About: The discipleship of the young American Laura Clifford Barney to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the early 1900s resulted in a flow of spiritual teachings from East to West. After several years of intense engagement with her teacher in Palestine, Barney sought to disseminate in her Western homelands what she had learned. Her private and public writings demonstrate how she employed ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s teachings in her efforts to influence social discourse by promoting the Bahá’í Faith in Europe and the United States. Examining these teachings and Barney’s applications thereof in her rhetoric allows us to witness how a transnational channel of theological knowledge developed.
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