Overview of consultation in the Bahá'í Faith, from its introduction in the Aqdas and first implementation in Iran in the 1870s, and ways in which successive Bahá'í leaders promoted it in the community and for transformation of society.
published in Lights of Irfan, 15, pages 291-310 Wilmette: Haj Mehdi Armand Colloquium, 2014
Abstract: This paper looks at consultation in the Bahá’í Faith. It starts from the mention of this process in the Kitab-i-Aqdas and the manner in which this was initially put into practice in Iran in the late 1870s. It then looks at the ways in which each of the successive leaders of the Bahá’í Faith — Bahá’u’lláh, `Abdu’l- Bahá and Shoghi Effendi emphasized the importance of consultation and promoted its use in the community. Finally, the paper looks at the role of consultation in the transformation of society from the present established and customary practices in the world towards the new World Order that Bahá’u’lláh envisaged.