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  1. Posted 2022-08-26, in Presentations:   Christopher Buck. Joseph in Religious History and the Bahá'í Writings (2022). Just as the story of Joseph is the "best of stories," the metaphor of Joseph is the "best of metaphors": it is the most comprehensive, pervasive symbol and allegory of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Bahá’í Writings. [about]
  2. Posted 2022-08-25, in Biographies:   Miriam Zuleta. Biografía de Clemencia Pavón Mejía (2022). Biografía de Pavón Mejía (1931-2020), una miembra de la Asamblea Espiritual Nacional de los Bahá’ís del Ecuador. [about]
  3. Posted 2022-08-25, in Letters from National Spiritual Assemblies:   National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Ecuador. Carmen Olimpia Ballesteros Sosa y Vicente Quiñonez de Esmeraldas: Epitafios (2020). Messages from the NSA of Ecuador honoring the lives of Carmen Olimpia Ballesteros Sosa (-2020) and Vicente Quiñonez de Esmeraldas (-2021). [about]
  4. Posted 2022-08-25, in Biographies:   Clemencia Pavon de Zuleta. Reseña Biográfica de la Vida de la Sra. Isabel Pavón de Calderón: Biographical Summary of the Life of Mrs. Isabel Pavón de Calderón (2009). Biografía de Pavón de Calderón (1929-2000), una miembra de la Asamblea Espiritual Nacional de los Bahá’ís del Ecuador y Consejero Continental. [about]
  5. Posted 2022-08-25, in Biographies:   Ralph Dexter. Story of Mr. Rufino Gualvisí (2020). Biography of a well-known travel teacher in Ecuador. English and Spanish text by Dexter; includes section by Isabel Pavon de Calderón; includes photographs. [about]
  6. Posted 2022-08-20, in Unpublished Articles:   Filip Boicu. Karlberg's Notion of Consultation and Bahá'í Consultation (Ontological Truths, Knowledge and Ethics) (2022). Michael Karlberg proposes a "consultative epistemology" as central to the Bahá'í methodology for social change. The claim is that a new model for civilization building has been born, one that transcends previous limitations. [about]
  7. Posted 2022-08-20, in Biographies:   Maneckji Nuserwanji Dhalla. Navjote of a Converted Zoroastrian Bahai, The: (Chapter 68), in Dastur Dhalla, the Saga of a Soul: Autobiography of Shams-ul-ulama Dastur Dr. Maneckji Nusserwanji Dhalla (1975). Overview of the Faith, and the author's interactions with Bahá'ís in the early 1900s. (Navjote is the initiation ceremony where a child receives his/her ceremonial garments and first performs the Zoroastrian ritual.) [about]
  8. Posted 2022-08-20, in Essays and short articles:   Filip Boicu. One Concern with the Notion of Power as an Element of the Conceptual Framework Guiding the Activities of the Bahá'í Community (2022). Power can be defined in negative or positive ways, as either adversarialism (oppressive power dominance) or mutualism (emancipatory egalitarian empowerment). Anti-foundationalism argues that injustice must be challenged at the individual, micro-level. [about]
  9. Posted 2022-08-20, in Unpublished Articles:   Filip Boicu. Strong Foundationalism in the Bahá'í Faith?: An Analysis of Michael Karlberg's 'Ontological Foundationalism' (2022). A close reading of Michael Karlberg's Constructing Social Reality. An Inquiry into the Normative Foundations of Social Change, and reflections on the Bahá’í methodology for social justice and social change that he has put forward. [about]
  10. Posted 2022-08-19, in Documents from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. La Constitution do la Maison Universelle de Justice (2022). La Constitution fut signée dans la Ville de Haïfa le quatrième jour du mois de Qawl de la cent-vingt-neuvième année de l'Ère bahá'íe. [about]
  11. Posted 2022-08-19, in Notable Talks:   Martha Root. Táhirih's Message to the Modern World, in Bahá'í World Vol. 8 (1938-1940) (1941). Transcript of a radio address from Sunday April 21, 1940, telling the story of Ṭáhirih, describing her as the foremost woman of her generation known across Persia for her beauty, intelligence, and courage, who gave her life for the emancipation of women. [about]
  12. Posted 2022-08-19, in Published Articles:   Michael Karlberg. The Pursuit of Social Justice, in Bahá'í World (2022). An interdisciplinary examination of prevailing conceptions of human nature, power, social organization, and social change, and their implications for the pursuit of peace and justice. [about]
  13. Posted 2022-08-19, in Published Articles:   Marzieh Gail. The White Silk Dress, in Bahá'í World Vol. 9 (1940-1944) (1945). An "intimate portrait" of Ṭáhirih first published Friday April 21, 1944. [about]
  14. Posted 2022-08-13, in Books:   Sen McGlinn. Church and State: Book 1 of a Postmodern Political Theology for the Bahá'í Community, in Studies in the Bábí and Bahá'í Religions 19 (2005). Religion and politics in Islamic history; Islamic and Bahá'í views on theocracy and democracy; the theology of the State and the unfoldment of world civilization; relevant contemporary Bahá'í literature in English, French, and German. [about]
  15. Posted 2022-08-13, in Books:   Anne King Sadeghpour. El Cuarto Acto: Una Pionera Bahá'í en Nicaragua durante los años 1976-1983: Un relato personal e histórico (2015). Un relato personal de la historia de la Fe en Nicaragua antes, después y durante la revolución Sandinista de 1979; la historia de Mathew Kaszab, primer pionero a Nicaragua; primera Bahá'í nicaragüense Blanca Mejía; referencia al poeta Rubén Darío. [about]
  16. Posted 2022-08-12, in Study Guides:   Reginald L. Priestley. Bahá'í Fireside Notebook, The (2012). A believer's personal fireside notebook, compiled for his study and deepening: notes, timelines, and quotations summarizing the Bahá'í teachings. [about]
  17. Posted 2022-08-12, in Biographies:   Reginald L. Priestley. Itchyfeet: Travels with Reg Priestley (1991). Autobiography of a world traveller who visited many places in and around Israel while in the Palestine Policeman service in the 1940s, and the story of his acceptance of the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
  18. Posted 2022-08-11, in Book Reviews:   Susan Maneck. Bahá'í Faith: The Basics, by Christopher Buck: Review, in Journal of Religious History 46:2 (2022). [about]
  19. Posted 2022-08-11, in Biographies:   Farideh Sobhani-Matejko. Professor: A Tribute to Dr. 'Alí-Murád Dávúdí (2022). Tribute by a young psychology student in the late 1960s to Dr. ‘Alí-Murád Dávúdí, a philosopher and intellectual giant of the Bahá’í Faith who was later kidnapped by the Islamic regime and never heard from again. [about]
  20. Posted 2022-08-10, in Encyclopedia articles:   Azer Jafarov and Bayram Balci. Les Bahaïs du Caucase: b.a.-ba d'une communauté méconnue, in Religion et politique dans le Caucase post-soviétique (2007). Chapter on "the Bahá'ís of the Caucasus, the basics [lit. the ABCs] of an unknown community." [about]
  21. Posted 2022-08-10, in Theses:   Vedad Haghighi. Nine Valleys - Towards Embodied Experience, The: Understanding the Confluence of Material and Spirit in the Design of a Bahá'í House of Worship (2022). Detailed proposal, with extensive site photographs and illustrations, for a Mashriqu'l-Adhkar in Thorhill, Ontario (location of the Canada Bahá'í National Centre); discussion of the embodied experience of worship in a temple to promote unity. (offsite) [about]
  22. Posted 2022-08-08, in Books:   Jack McLean. Confessions of a Child of the Half-Light (2022). Philosophical essays; recollections of 'Abdu'l-Bahá by Laura Dreyfus Barney, Curtis Kelsey, and other Europeans; recollections of Shoghi Effendi by ten individuals; dreams and visions; eulogies of the author's parents; travel teaching across Russia. [about]
  23. Posted 2022-08-01, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Tablet of Firayját (Lawḥ-i-Firayját) / Tablet of Firáq (Lawḥ-i-Firáq) (2022). Tablet revealed in Firayjat, a place where Bahá’u’lláh stayed in Baghdad, which is about 5km north of the Riḍván Garden. Translator, date, and source unknown. Includes scan of the original Arabic, and background materials including excerpt from Balyuzi. [about]
  24. Posted 2022-07-24, in Bahá'í Writings:   Bahá'u'lláh. Selected Writings of Bahá'u'lláh (1942). Early 42-page compilation, primarily highlights from the Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh. [about]
  25. Posted 2022-07-23, in Biographies:   National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States and Universal House of Justice. In Memoriam Fred Schechter: Bahá'í House of Worship Memorial Program (2017). Messages from the Universal House of Justice and the U.S. National Spiritual Assembly, and a selection of quotations, that summarize and celebrate the life of this Knight of Bahá'u'lláh and Continental Counsellor, for a memorial service at Wilmette. [about]
  26. Posted 2022-07-23, in Books:   Pierre Daoust. La poésie du Kitáb-i-Aqdas: Aspects de l'esthétique (2018). Les concepts philosophiques qui éclairent sur le sens de la vie et la nature spirituelle de l'être humain, révélés sous forme de prose rimée caractéristique de la poésie arabe. Le Kitáb-i-Aqdas touche à l'esthétique et au bonheur. [about]
  27. Posted 2022-07-23, in Personal compilations:   Programs for the Observance of Bahá'í Holy Days (2014). Booklets from four devotional programs at the Wilmette House of Worship: 9th day of Ridván (2014), 1st day of Ridván (2017), martyrdom of The Báb (2017, and birth of Bahá'u'lláh (2021), with selections of relevant passages from the Writings. [about]
  28. Posted 2022-07-22, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Function of Interpretation, The (1982). Two letters: difference between the authoritative interpretation of Abdu'l-Bahá and the Guardian vs. the divinely inspired legislation of the House of Justice, and the qualitative difference between interpretation and elucidations of the House of Justice. [about]
  29. Posted 2022-07-22, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Research Department of the Universal House of Justice. John the Baptist and Interpretation (1989). Various questions about the the Bahá’í position on John the Baptist, his station and teaching, and the function of interpretation. [about]
  30. Posted 2022-07-22, in Unpublished Articles:   Filip Boicu. Principle of the Oneness of Humankind, The: Strong Foundationalism, Non-Adversarialism, and the Imperatives of Our Time (2022). Some of the ways in which the concept of globalization has been framed in the recent past; the vision of Shoghi Effendi; The Seven Valleys and social change; moral codes and ethical living; the oneness of humankind and non-adversarialism. [about]
  31. Posted 2022-07-19, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Garden of Justice (Ridvan al-'adl) (1996). [about]
  32. Posted 2022-07-14, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Research Department of the Universal House of Justice and Abdu'l-Bahá. Compilation of Extracts Regarding Arius (1991). Collection of materials regarding an early Christian theologian who, in expounding that Christ was subordinate to God the Father, discarded the trinity and fractured the unity of the Church. [about]
  33. Posted 2022-07-14, in Books:   Fuad Izadinia. Major Opus, The: A Study of the German Templers Movement and Its Relationship with the Bahá'í Faith (2014). The story of the journey of two parallel movements to the Holy Land in 1868: the Bahá'ís from Iran and the Templars from Germany. Includes early descriptions of Haifa from both sources, comparative translations of the Tablet to G. Hardegg, and more. [about]
  34. Posted 2022-07-14, in Pilgrims' notes:   Lady Sarah Louisa Blomfield. Memories of the Sojourn of 'Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris, in Bahá'í World Vol. 6 (1934-1936) (1937). Memoir of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s four-month stay in Paris in 1911. Notes taken by the author's daughters were later published as the book Paris Talks. [about]
  35. Posted 2022-07-09, in Books:   Splendour of God, The: Being Extracts from the Sacred Writings of the Bahais (1909). An early overview of Bábí and Bahá'í history, along with early translations of Seven Valleys, Hidden Words, and selected texts from other tablets. [about]
  36. Posted 2022-07-08, in Unpublished Articles:   Anthony Lee. Ziba Khanum of Yazd: An Enslaved African Woman in Nineteenth-Century Iran (2017). Issues of race, gender, slavery, and religion as experienced by an Afro-Iranian family in the 19th and 20th centuries; historiography of African women in Iran; the Herati-Khorasani family tree. [about]
  37. Posted 2022-07-07, in Books:   Fuad Izadinia. Panama, The Crossroads between the Continents: The Story of the Early Days of the Bahá'í Faith in Panama 1939-1972 (2015). History of the first Bahá'í community in Panama, including a photo album; biographies of Martha Root, Mathew Kaszab, Louise Caswell, Cora Oliver, Julie Lois Regal, Hascle Cornbleth–Colon, Alfred Osborne, Raquel Francois, Clare Hamilton, Blanca De Campos. [about]
  38. Posted 2022-07-07, in Personal compilations:   Two Parts of the Law of God, The: The Essential and the Secondary Teachings of the True Religion of God, and Counterfeit Doctrines (2022). Four compilations on themes related to the progressive revelation of the religion of God; essential vs. secondary teachings; counterfeit doctrines of the false religion of man. [about]
  39. Posted 2022-07-05, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Commentary on a Verse of Sa'di (Tafsir-i Bayti az Sa'di) (1996). [about]
  40. Posted 2022-07-05, in Published Articles:   Juan Cole. 'Indian Money' and the Shi'i Shrine Cities of Iraq, 1786-1850, in Middle Eastern Studies 22:4 (1986). On the political economy of the Shi'i shrine cities of Iraq, theological and pilgrimage centers which grew around the tombs of the Imams, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Connections from India proved lucrative for the Usuli clerics in these cities. [about]
  41. Posted 2022-07-05, in Books:   Fuad Izadinia. Ishqabad, City of Love: A Study into the Story of Those Who Became the Foremost in the Bahá'í Faith (2014). Biographies of many dozen Bahá'ís of historical interest; construction of the House of Worship in Turkmenistan; Bahá'í schools for boys and for girls; stories of exiled Bahá'ís. [about]
  42. Posted 2022-07-05, in Essays and short articles:   Juan Cole. Messianic Concealment and Theophanic Disclosure (2002). Lengthy collection of notes on Baha'u'llah's relationship to Subh-i-Azal, with quotations from Fadil Mazandarani's Zuhur al-Haqq histories, compiled and edited from posts sent to an academic email list. [about]
  43. Posted 2022-07-05, in Presentations:   Christopher Buck. "Seal of the Prophets" and "Divine Presence": Why These Two Key Verses Should Be Read Together (2022). On two verses from the Qur'án on Muhammad as the "Seal of the Prophets" and the meaning of "attainment unto the divine Presence"; Shoghi Effendi as translator; comments by Nader Saiedi and Dergham Aqiqi; explanations from Kamalu'd-Din Bakhtavar. [about]
  44. Posted 2022-07-05, in Published Articles:   Juan Cole. Wittgensteinian Language-Games in an Indo-Persian Dialogue on the World Religions, in Iran Nameh 30:3 (2015). Reflections on Bahá'u'lláh's theology of previous religions and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s concept of "language games"; Hinduism, India, and 19th-century Iranian culture; Manakji’s questions about Hinduism and Zoroastrianism. [about]
  45. Posted 2022-07-04, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck. Bahá'í Prayers for Good Governance, in Journal of Ecumenical Studies 56:4 (2021). Bahá’u’lláh encouraged Bahá’ís to pray for their rulers. This essay presents a newly authorized translation of "A Prayer for the confirmation of the American Government," and a provisional translation of a prayer of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for the Ottoman Caliphate. [about]
  46. Posted 2022-07-03, in Provisional translations:   Abdu'l-Bahá. Varqá and His Son: A Talk by `Abdu'l-Bahá (2022). English translation, and two transcripts of the Persian original, of a talk given by `Abdu'l-Bahá in New York on May 31, 1912. [about]

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