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  1. Posted 2020-07-03, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck and Kevin Locke. Indigenous Messengers of God (2014). 68 essays on Native American theology and history from the perspective of Baha'i teachings. [about]
  2. Posted 2020-06-27, in Unpublished Articles:   Ismael Velasco. Reflections on Baha'u'llah's Claims to Being the Return of Imam Husayn (2020). On Imam Husayn in Shi'a Islam, expectations of his return, his place in Babi theology, and various relationships to the Babi Faith: ancestral, devotional, initiatory, theophanic, typological, eschatological, and messianic. [about]
  3. Posted 2020-06-27, in Essays and short articles:   Edward Price. Taking Care with Translation of Sacred Scripture (2016). Examination of the importance of using reliable translations of the Qur’án. Includes technical discussion of the meanings of Islam, Muslim, and Allah, aspects of the Arabic language, and errors of translation. [about]
  4. Posted 2020-06-22, in BWC Compilations:   Shoghi Effendi. Extracts from Letters Written by or on Behalf of Shoghi Effendi Regarding the Absence of Clergy in the Baha'i Faith (1998). Compilation included with a memorandum from the House of Justice from 1998/02/11 regarding the abolition of the priesthood. [about]
  5. Posted 2020-06-19, in Study Guides:   Demystifying Shoghi Effendi's Advent of Divine Justice: Condensed Deepening and Double Crusade Plan of Action (2020). A study guide and compilation regarding the Guardian's call to action to American and Canadian Baha’is to engage spiritually in the path towards God. [about]
  6. Posted 2020-06-18, in BIC Documents:   Bahá'í International Community. Overcoming Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity in Public Institutions: A Baha'i Perspective (2001). The displacement of a transcendent understanding of life by materialism is responsible for the skepticism and alienation of modern life. The civilizing virtues of honesty and duty stem from the conscience and spirituality, not law. [about]
  7. Posted 2020-06-18, in Documents from National Spiritual Assemblies:   National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States. Destiny of America and The Promise of World Peace, The, in The New York Times (2001). Statement published as a full-page ad in New York Times on prerequisites for world peace: acceptance of the oneness of humanity; eradication of racism; emancipation of women; elimination of wealth disparity; end to nationalism; religious harmony. [about]
  8. Posted 2020-06-14, in Documents from National Spiritual Assemblies:   National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of India. Communal Harmony: India's Greatest Challenge (1993). A formal statement from the NSA of the Bahá'ís of India on the need to overcome religious, linguistic and caste-based tensions. [about]
  9. Posted 2020-06-14, in Biographies:   Michael Bodakowski and Katherine Marshall. Discussion with Farida Vahedi, Executive Director of the Department of External Affairs, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of India, A (2011). Overview of Vahedi's life and work, history of the Faith in India and development projects, the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity, and issues regarding migration and protection of women and girls. [about]
  10. Posted 2020-06-13, in Theses:   Susanna A. Khodarahmi-Bron. Baha'i Temple for Canada, A (2003). Proposed design for a future possible temple in Markham, Ontario; characteristics of Baha'i temples; overview of symbolism and sacred place; influences on design of Canadian culture and architecture. [about]
  11. Posted 2020-06-12, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Changement du climat (2020). French translation of a letter to three individuals about the involvement of the Bahá’í community in addressing the issue of anthropogenic climate change. [about]
  12. Posted 2020-06-12, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Les Nuages des Royaumes d'en-haut (2020). Provisional French translation of "The Clouds of the Realms Above." [about]
  13. Posted 2020-06-12, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Tablette de la Vierge (2020). Provisional French translation of the "Tablet of the Maiden." [about]
  14. Posted 2020-06-12, in Provisional translations:   Tablettes additionnelles, Extraits et Causeries: Tablettes supplementaires données par 'Abdu'l-Bahá à 'Akká (2020). Provisional French translation of "Additional Tablets, Extracts and Talks." [about]
  15. Posted 2020-06-11, in Personal compilations:   Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá. World in Travail, A: Understanding and Responding to the Events of Our Times (2020). A compilation on the maladies of the world. [about]
  16. Posted 2020-06-11, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Prière révélée par Bahá'u'lláh le premier jour du Jeûne (2020). Provisional French translation by Daoust from an English rendering by Ma'sumian of Baha'u'llah's prayer on the first day of the Fast. [about]
  17. Posted 2020-06-11, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Prières supplémentaires révélées par Bahá'u'lláh (2020). Provisional French translation of "Additional Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh." [about]
  18. Posted 2020-06-11, in Provisional translations:   Abdu'l-Bahá. Prières supplémentaires révélées par 'Abdu'l-Bahá (2020). Provisional French translation of "Additional Prayers Revealed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá". [about]
  19. Posted 2020-06-11, in Books:   Centenary of a World Faith: The History of the Bahá'í Faith and its Development in the British Isles (1944). On the lives of The Bab, Baha'u'llah, and Abdul-Baha, progress of the Faith in the East and West, and growth of the cause in the United Kingdom. Published for the centenary of the declaration of the Báb. [about]
  20. Posted 2020-06-10, in Published Articles:   S. Naharoy. Architectural Blossoming of the Lotus, in source unknown (2011). Architectural descriptions, blueprints, geometry, photos, and history of the design and construction of the Baha'i temple in India. [about]
  21. Posted 2020-06-10, in Published Articles:   S. Naharoy and Fariburz Sahba. Lotus in Concrete, in ECC Concord special edition (2011). A special-edition journal with photos of the temple in India, with essays "Baha'i House of Worship," "Taj Mahal of the 20th Century," "Design and Construction," "Lotus and Other Design Highlights," "Shaping a Dream in Concrete." [about]
  22. Posted 2020-06-10, in Books:   Abdu'l-Baha in New York: The City of the Covenant, April-December 1912 (1931). A record of Abdu’l-Bahá’s talks in New York, with foreword by John Herman Randall. [about]
  23. Posted 2020-06-10, in Theses:   Nduka Emmanuel Okechukwu. Study of Architectural Monuments in South-East Zone of Nigeria, A: Evolving Appropriate Listing Criteria (2013). Overview of the architecture, design considerations, and construction of the Lotus Temple in India (excerpted from a longer thesis on other topics). [about]
  24. Posted 2020-06-09, in Published Articles:   Wanden Mathews LaFarge. Relation of the Báb to the Traditions of Islám, The, in The Bahá'í World vol. 3 (1928-1930) (1930). Discussion of prophecies made by Muhammad concerning his son-in-law Alí and the division which divided Islám into the two factions Sunni and Shi‘i, to understand the significance of the titles "Gate" and "Point" and the concept of the Twelfth Imám. [about]
  25. Posted 2020-06-06, in Published Articles:   W. A. Rice. Babi Pamphlet, A, in The Church Missionary Intelligencer 53:27 (1902). Review of an unnamed booklet sent to E.G. Browne, a "little manuscript book of 118 small pages, written in the beautiful Persian character," which was "originally composed before Behaullah’s death in 1892." [about]
  26. Posted 2020-06-04, in Essays and short articles:   Moojan Momen. Badí' (Bahá'í) Calendar: An Introduction, The (2014). Summary of the nature of Baha'i calendar, the way the Badí' calendar works, and the reason for the 2014 revisions inaugurated by the Universal House of Justice. [about]
  27. Posted 2020-06-03, in Pilgrims' notes:   National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom. In the Footsteps of 'Abdu'l-Bahá: The Master in the British Isles 1912-1913 (2013). A collection of extracts from the Writings, pilgrims' notes, and newspapers summarizing Abdu'l-Baha's second visit to the United Kingdom, prepared by the NSA of the UK for centenary observations. [about]
  28. Posted 2020-06-03, in Pilgrims' notes:   National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom. In the Footsteps of 'Abdu'l-Bahá: The Master in the British Isles 1911 (2011). A collection of extracts from the Writings, pilgrims' notes, and newspapers summarizing Abdu'l-Baha's first visit to the United Kingdom, prepared by the NSA of the UK for centenary observations. [about]
  29. Posted 2020-06-03, in Essays and short articles:   Moojan Momen. Names of the Bahá'í Months, The: Separating Fact from Fiction (2012). A blog post, compiled for the Wilmette Institute, on the original source of the names of the months of the Badí calendar — taken from a dawn prayer by the Fifth Shí’í Imám, Muhammad al-Báqir, for the month of Ramadan. [about]
  30. Posted 2020-06-01, in Personal compilations:   Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá. Universal Principles of the Bahai Movement: Social, Economic, Governmental (1912). Excerpts from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and 'Abdu’l-Bahá on the basic principles of the Baha’i Faith. [about]
  31. Posted 2020-06-01, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. "Double Crusade" and the American Baha'i Community, The (2018). Comments on what the double crusade means, how it relates to the current series of Plans of the Faith, what should be done to carry it out, and the Advent of Divine Justice. [about]
  32. Posted 2020-06-01, in Pilgrims' notes:   Charles Haney and Mariam Haney. Heavenly Feast, A: Some Utterances of Abdul-Baha to Two American Pilgrims in Acca, Syria (1909). Notes taken verbatim stenographically by Mariam Haney, from interpreter Dr Ameen U Fareed, during nine days in Akka. [about]
  33. Posted 2020-06-01, in Published Articles:   Sydney Sprague. Story of the Bahai Movement, The (1907). A short history and introduction to the Baha’i Faith by an early American Baha’i. [about]
  34. Posted 2020-05-31, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck. Bahá'í "Pupil of the Eye" Metaphor, The: Promoting Ideal Race Relations in Jim Crow America, in The Bahá'í Faith and African American History chapter 1 (2018). On the notable contribution to promoting ideal race relations in Jim Crow America by the Baha'i Faith which, though small in number, was socially significant in its concerted efforts to foster and advance harmony between the races. [about]
  35. Posted 2020-05-31, in Essays and short articles:   Loni Bramson. Bahá'í Faith and African American History, The: Introduction (2018). Contents, Introduction, and Index from this book, with links to two chapters (by Christopher Buck). [about]
  36. Posted 2020-05-30, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck. Bahá'í Contributions to Interfaith Relations, in Journal of Ecumenical Studies 54:2 (2019). A close look at the House's "Letter to the World’s Religious Leaders" as a contribution to interfaith discourse. [about]
  37. Posted 2020-05-30, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck. First Recorded Bahá'í Fireside, The, in Bahá'í Studies Review 21 (2019). An episode from Browne's A Year Amongst the Persians which can be regarded as a first "fireside" — a meeting with Baha'is in Shiraz in March 1888. [about]
  38. Posted 2020-05-30, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck. Alain Locke's "Moral Imperatives for World Order" Revisited, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies 29:1 (2019). In public speeches presented in 1944 Locke argues that racism, although an American problem, is not purely a domestic issue; it has bilateral and multilateral consequences; unity of races, religions, and nations is a moral imperative. [about]
  39. Posted 2020-05-30, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck. Alain Locke's Philosophy of Democracy, in Studies in Bahá'i Philosophy vol. 4 (2015). For Locke, democracy was more than its narrow political definition, but multidimensional, encompassing local, moral, political, economic, and cultural stages — a model against which he measured America’s fidelity to its democratic ideal. [about]
  40. Posted 2020-05-30, in Published Articles:   Christopher Buck. Alain Locke on Race, Religion, and the Bahá'í Faith, in The Bahá'í Faith and African American History chapter 3 (2018). Locke was cynical about the prospect of real progress in race relations within Christianity itself, but he saw potential in Baha'i efforts to promote race amity and making democracy more egalitarian in terms of the rights of minorities. [about]
  41. Posted 2020-05-30, in Biographies:   Christopher Buck and Derik Smith. Hayden, Robert, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Literature (2019). In his poetics of history and his nuanced representations of black life, Hayden's art showed that the African American experience was quintessentially American, and that blackness was an essential aspect of heterogeneous America. [about]
  42. Posted 2020-05-29, in Pilgrims' notes:   Marie A. Watson. Fourth Dimensional Consciousness (1921). (Alleged) words of Abdu'l-Baha, taken from notes from a pilgrimage to Haifa in 1921. [about]
  43. Posted 2020-05-29, in Essays and short articles:   Keith Bookwalter. Comments on "Infallible Institutions?" by Udo Shaefer and "Response" by Peter Terry (2020). Thoughts on infallibility of the Universal House of Justice through a case study of predictions regarding the "unity of nations" and the Lesser Peace by the year 2000. [about]
  44. Posted 2020-05-29, in Essays and short articles:   Keith Bookwalter. On Marie Watson's Pilgrim's Notes Titled "Fourth Dimensional Consciousness" (2020). Circumstances regarding notes that Watson took from interpreted statements made by 'Abdu'l-Bahá during her pilgrimage in 1921. [about]
  45. Posted 2020-05-28, in Unpublished Articles:   Seena Fazel. Prisms of World Order Magazine, The: The Impact, Contributions and the Enduring Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright's Cover Design (2020). An overview of the intellectual contributions of World Order magazine, including a discussion of how Frank Lloyd Wright came to design a cover for its precursor, and its influence on subsequent covers. [about]
  46. Posted 2020-05-27, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Tablette de la Médecine (2019). Provisional French translation of Lawh-i-Tibb, the Tablet to a Physician / Tablet of Medicine, including notes from the Universal House of Justice and annotations by Stephen Lambden. [about]
  47. Posted 2020-05-23, in Pilgrims' notes:   Artemus Lamb. Haifa Notes (1953). Notes of a 5-day visit with the Guardian, by a pioneer to South America. [about]
  48. Posted 2020-05-23, in Biographies:   Quentin Farrand. Artemus Lamb, 1905-1998 (1998). Biography of a pioneer to Central and South America, who also recorded pilgrim's notes with the Guardian. [about]
  49. Posted 2020-05-22, in Unpublished Articles:   Seena Fazel. Baha'i Studies at the Crossroads: Key Papers and Developments in the Baha'i Studies Review 1990-2002 (2018). Review of the first 12 years of the BSR journal, highlighting some key papers and developments from the viewpoint of the editor, some of the journal's novel contributions to Baha'i studies, and future directions it might take. [about]
  50. Posted 2020-05-20, in Published Articles:   Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity. Science, Religion, and Development: Promoting a Discourse in India, Brazil, and Uganda (2010). The experience and insights of academics, policy makers, and development practitioners who have contributed to the discourse on science, religion, and development on three continents. [Link to PDF, offsite.] [about]
  51. Posted 2020-05-20, in Published Articles:   Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity. May Knowledge Grow in our Hearts: Applying Spiritual Principles to Development Practice (2010). On how an organization can employ the methods of science and the principles of religion together while working for a more humane and just world, via the case of India's Seva Mandir (Temple of Service). [Link to PDF, offsite.] [about]
  52. Posted 2020-05-20, in Essays and short articles:   Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity. Science, Religion and Development: Some Initial Considerations (2008). An initial set of concepts and principles guiding the exploration of the complementary and constructive contributions that both science and religion must make to processes of social and economic development. [Link to PDF, offsite.] [about]
  53. Posted 2020-05-20, in Essays and short articles:   Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity. Advancing Toward the Equality of Women and Men (2009). Issues that lie at the heart of the struggle for the equality of women and men, via the Institute’s efforts to generate systematic learning and gain new insights, in collaboration with others. [Link to PDF, offsite.] [about]
  54. Posted 2020-05-19, in Study Guides:   Hui Bau. Demystifying Shoghi Effendi's Advent of Divine Justice: The "Double Crusade" (2020). A condensed presentation of the Guardian's call to action to American and Canadian Baha’is to engage spiritually in the path towards God. Includes an example plan for group study and practice. [about]
  55. Posted 2020-05-17, in Published Articles:   Steven E. Ellis. Overcoming Barriers to Unity: An Essay on Group Harmony (1996). Different perspectives on unity and disunity; red flags of disunity including anger, advising, perfectionism, excessive speech; group decision-making; and the role of the institutions. Includes compilation on the subject of unity. [about]
  56. Posted 2020-05-09, in Book Reviews:   Christopher Buck. Tafsír as Mystical Experience, by Todd Lawson: Review (2020). [about]
  57. Posted 2020-05-09, in Research notes:   Will and Testament Blank Preamble (2020). A template for a personal will, free for any Baha'i to use. [about]
  58. Posted 2020-05-06, in Published Articles:   Leyla Melikova. Bahaism and Ecumenism in the Context of Recent Sociocultural Trends , in The Caucasus & Globalization 2:3 (2008). Some of the current sociocultural specifics of two religious phenomena — the Baha'i Faith and ecumenism — and their place in the republic’s public and religious life. [about]
  59. Posted 2020-05-06, in Published Articles:   Leyla Melikova. Bahaism in Azerbaijan, in The Caucasus & Globalization 1:5 (2007). History of the Baha'i Faith in northern Azerbaijan, and the Faith's present and future in the context of the relations between the state and society in Azerbaijan. [about]
  60. Posted 2020-05-04, in Provisional translations:   Báb, The. Persian Bayan ("Exposition"): From A.L.M. Nicolas' French translation (2020). Bayan-i-Farsi ("Persian Exposition"), translated from the original Persian into French by A.L.M. Nicolas (as Le Beyan Persan), then translated into English by Anonymous. [about]
  61. Posted 2020-05-04, in Maps:   Abdu'l-Baha in Britain and France (1911-1913) (2018). Annotated, detailed map of places and dates (link offsite). [about]
  62. Posted 2020-05-03, in Published Articles:   Daniil V. Pivovarov. Doctrine of Progressive Revelation in the Baha'i Faith, in Journal of Siberian Federal University 4:1 (2011). On the ideological basis of progressive revelation, views of Baha'u'llah and his followers on the nature of a prophet, and the mission of great prophets. [about]
  63. Posted 2020-05-03, in Published Articles:   Leyla Melikova. How Baha'ism Travelled from the East to the West: Ideological Evolution of the Neo-universalist Religious Doctrine, in The Caucasus & Globalization 7:3-4 (2013). On the ideological evolution of the Bahá'í Faith in the context of social and cultural trends of Western neoliberal ideology and globalism, Bahá'í religious identity, and relations with the environment, society, and the state. [about]
  64. Posted 2020-05-03, in Study Guides:   Hui Bau. Demystifying Bahá'u'lláh's Tablet of the Temple (Súratu'l-Haykal) (2018). Background of the Suriy-i-Haykal: historical context and verses primarily from the first half of the surih, which feature the themes of the Body and Letters of the Temple, and Bahá’u’lláh’s introductory dialogues with two heavenly Maidens. [about]
  65. Posted 2020-05-01, in Pilgrims' notes:   Olivia Kelsey. Recollections of My Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Meeting the Beloved Guardian, The (1954). Notes of a pilgrimage in 1954. [about]
  66. Posted 2020-05-01, in Books:   Denis MacEoin. Sources for Early Bábí Doctrine and History, The: A Survey (1992). Thorough, annotated list of writings and sources relevant to Baha'i historical research. Includes index of first lines and titles of writings of The Báb (see scan #1). [about]
  67. Posted 2020-04-30, in Study Guides:   Arline J. Bogie. Study Guide to The Seven Valleys of Bahá'u'lláh, A (2018). This book-length study guide was the life's work of Arline Bogie, who recently passed (April 2020). It is shared here for the deepening of others, and to honor her legacy. [about]
  68. Posted 2020-04-29, in Bibliographies:   Adel Shafipour. Ishraq Khavari's Books and Publications (2008). A list of the research and writings of Ishráq-Khávarí, known as a brilliant scholar of the Baha'i Faith (in the Persian language), much of whose work remains unpublished. [about]
  69. Posted 2020-04-25, in Essays and short articles:   Boris Handal. Centenary of the Bahá'í Faith in Australia (2020). Overview of the 100-year history of the Faith in Australia and New Zealand, starting from the arrival of pioneers Clara and Hyde Dunn in 1920. [about]
  70. Posted 2020-04-25, in Essays and short articles:   Daniel C. Jordan. Summary Statement of the ANISA Model (1974). ANISA is a comprehensive educational system defined by specifications which insure its replicability, evaluation, and refinement. Its objectives are the actualization of human potential and explanations of how to achieve them. [about]
  71. Posted 2020-04-24, in Bibliographies:   Qur'anic and Biblical References in the Kitáb-i-Íqán: A Guide to Further Study (2020). List of quotes from the Bible and the Qur'an referenced by Baha’u’llah in the Kitab-i-Iqan as shown in its footnotes, and a brief discussion of each reference. [about]
  72. Posted 2020-04-21, in Provisional translations:   Bahá'u'lláh. Tablet of Patience, or Tablet of Job (2020). A notable, and lengthy, tablet from 1863. Translation includes many footnotes, including for all the Qur’anic references found in the Tablet, as well as a short introduction to the Prophet Job offered by the Rev. C. I. Scofield. [about]
  73. Posted 2020-04-21, in Maps:   Thomas_the_Slav. Early History of the Bahá'í Faith (2015). A map showing the origins of the Baha'i Faith via the journeys and exile of The Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. [about]
  74. Posted 2020-04-19, in Letters from the Universal House of Justice:   Universal House of Justice. Covid-19 and Baha'i Burial (2020). As Baha'i laws emphasize hygiene and protection, Baha'is may refrain from certain funeral and burial observances for those who have died from the coronavirus disease, in order to avoid exposure, and are encouraged to follow advice from health authorities. [about]
  75. Posted 2020-04-19, in Audio:   Daniel C. Jordan. Philosophical Basis of the ANISA Model, The (1974). Talk given at Green Acre Baha'i School on ANISA, a science-based approach for curriculum development that integrates with new discoveries in human-related sciences. Includes stories of Jordan's spiritual teacher Charlotte Gillan. [about]
  76. Posted 2020-04-17, in Historical documents:   E. G. Browne. Introduction to Nuqtat-al-Kaf, and Index and Concordance to the Persian Bayán, in Kitab-i Nuqtat al-Kaf: Being the Earliest History of the Babis (1910). Browne's English-language introduction to the earliest Babi history Kitab-i Nuqtat al-Kaf, plus his detailed, annotated "Index of Chief Contents" of the Persian Bayán. [about]
  77. Posted 2020-04-17, in Published Articles:   Boris Handal. Philosophy of Bahá'í Education, The, in Religion & Education 34:1 (2007). On a philosophy of education encompassing the individual and the society, the state of education and the child in the 19th century in the light of those principles, and a review of Bahá'í-inspired enterprises to implement those ideals around the world. [about]
  78. Posted 2020-04-17, in Research notes:   Boris Handal. Classroom Management in Action. A guide to managing behavior in everyday situations, presented in the form of learning scenarios. Each scenario represents a familiar theme with diverse educational concepts, to spark group discussions and help teachers reflect on their own practices. [about]
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