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2012 (In the Year) The Office of Temples and Sites was established at the Bahá'í World Centre. The purpose of the office was to coordinate initial preparations for the temple builds with the respective National Spiritual Assemblies.
  • Firstly a committee is formed in each country, entrusted with identifying, together with institutions and agencies at all levels of the community, means to promote widespread participation and to channel the enthusiasm engendered among the friends following the announcement of the projects.
  • Another practical step in these national and local projects has been the selection of a suitable piece of land, one which is modest in size, strategically located, and easily accessible. Then a construction office for the project is established to assist with the management of technical, financial, and legal issues.
  • The next step is to call for the preparation of a design for the Temple edifice. This begins with the selection of potential architects and the formulation of an architectural brief defining the requirements for the structure which will ultimately result in a contract for the final design. Architects are presented with the singular challenge of designing Temples “as perfect as is possible in the world of being” that harmonize naturally with the local culture and the daily lives of those who will gather to pray and meditate therein. The task calls for creativity and skill to combine beauty, grace, and dignity with modesty, functionality, and economy and consideration for local customs and practices. [The Universal House of Justice message dated 1 August, 2014]
  • BWC; Haifa Mashriqul-Adhkar (House of Worship); Mashriqul-Adhkar, Design; Mashriqul-Adhkar, National; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Local; Architecture; Beauty; Economics; Mashriqul-Adhkar, Ishqabad; - Basic timeline, Expanded
    2018 12 Mar The Bahá'í International Community in New York released the statement "Beyond Mere Economics: A Moral Inquiry into the Roots of Empowerment" to the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (12 to 23 March 2018). [BWNS1243] New York; United States Baha'i International Community; BIC statements; Publications; Women; Empowerment; Economics; United Nations; BWNS

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    1. Additional Tablets, Extracts and Talks, by Abdu'l-Bahá (2018). 57 selections, updated 2019. [about]
    2. Addressing the Rising Tide of Globalization and Amorality in the Present World Order and Its Implications on Extremes of Wealth and Poverty, by Rama Ayman, in Lights of Irfan, 17 (2016). On inequality within most nations in the world at a time when wealth disparity between nations has been falling; the impact that amorality and globalization have on wealth inequality; Bahá'í teachings on alleviating extremes of wealth and poverty. [about]
    3. Advancing Toward the Equality of Women and Men, by Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (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]
    4. Bahá'í Essays in the Times Colonist, by Badi Shams, in Times Colonist (2017). 32 essays: spiritual cost of higher a standard of living; religious prejudice; spiritual principles and financial planning; loving vs. fearing God; gap between rich and poor; philosophy of Karma and science and religion; role of spirituality in economics. [about]
    5. Baha'i Faith and economics: a review and synthesis, by Bryan Graham, in Reason and Revelation: Studies in the Babi and Bahá'í Religions, volume 13 (2002). Review of the secondary literature on the subject and some issues of methodology. [about]
    6. Bahá'í Faith and Economics, The by Bryan Graham: Commentary, by Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, in Bahá'í Studies Review, 9 (1999). [about]
    7. Bahá'í Faith and the Market Economy, The, by Farhad Rassekh, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 11:3-4 (2001). Bahá'í teachings relevant to the market system as described in classical economics and the roles of self-interest and morality in economic life; human beings are naturally endowed with a desire to better their lives. [about]
    8. Bahá'í Perspective on Economics of the Future: A Compilation from the Bahá'í Writings, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá (1989). Collection of Writings originally organized for the author's research study into Bahá'í teachings on matters of economics, organized into fifty topics. [about]
    9. Bahá'í Teachings on Economics and Their Implications for the Bahá'í Community and the Wider Society, by Hooshmand Badee (2015). This research attempts to explore the extensive volume of Bahá’í writings on economics and systematize it in a fashion that is accessible to academia, and beneficial to the Bahá’ís and the wider society. [about]
    10. Beyond Welfare: A Preliminary Bahá'í Normative Framework for Economic Rights and Responsibilities, by Vargha Taefi, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 31:1-2 (2022). The conceptual underpinnings of a Bahá’í approach to economic growth and disparity, mapped onto an applied framework of economic rights and responsibilities, give rise to economic justice and individual and institutional rights and responsibilities. [about]
    11. Challenges of Sustainable Development, by Augusto Lopez-Carlos, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 22:1-4 (2012). Economic growth contributes to global prosperity, but it may conflict with environmental constraints. The interactions among conservation, technology, international cooperation, and human values can prevent future crises and assist collective evolution. [about]
    12. Collective Consciousness, Human Maturity, and the Challenge of Sustainability: Response, by Arthur Lyon Dahl (2009). Response to presentations "The Essential Role of Religion in Fostering a Sustainable World" by Peter Adriance and "Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy" by Peter Brown. [about]
    13. De l'action sociale, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá (2020). Concepts de développement dans les enseignements baha'is, dimensions matérielles et dimensions spirituelles de l'existence, problèmes communautaires, thèmes spécifiques de l'éducation, de l'agriculture, de l'économie, de la santé, des arts et technologie. [about]
    14. Eco Principle, The: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis, by Arthur Dahl: Review, by Brad Pokorny, in One Country, 8:3 (1996). [about]
    15. Eco Principle, The: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis, by Arthur Dahl: Review, by Stephen Vickers, in Bahá'í Studies Review, 7 (1997). [about]
    16. Economic Justice and the Creation of a New International Economic Order, by Keith Suter, in 75 Years of the Bahá'í Faith in Australasia (1996). The "New Right," history of economic philosophy and the role of the Church in Europe, challenges of the global economy, the failure of the UN to deal with the problems of the globalized economy, and how NGOs and individuals can work for economic justice. [about]
    17. Economic Prosperity: A Global Imperative, by Mary Fish, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 7:3 (1997). Economic growth does not necessarily enhance human welfare. The Prosperity of Humankind recognizes the role of economics in igniting the capacity of humankind. The Bahá'í concept of human nature opens a dialogue between religion and economists. [about]
    18. Economics and Spirituality from a Baha'i Perspective, by Badi Shams (2021). The role of morality in economics; on developing a humane economy; definition of economics and its history, problems, crises, and solutions. [about]
    19. Economics of the Future Begins Today, by Badi Shams (2016). This book presents a lesson in economics in simple terms and puts forward the Bahá’í view of the current economic system, what ails it, and the cure for it from a spiritual point of view; a study in simplicity of how inequality can be resolved. [about]
    20. Economics, A Bahá'í Approach: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (1994). [about]
    21. Economics, Agriculture, and Related Subjects, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá, in Compilation of Compilations, Volume 3 (2000). [about]
    22. Economy for a New World Order, by Giuseppe Robiati (2005). A new vision of economics inspired by unity in diversity, respect of nature and other humans, and thermodynamic principles like conversion-of-energy to describe economical processes. Includes foreword by Ervin Lazlo. [about]
    23. Eradicating Poverty: Moving Forward as One, by Bahá'í International Community (2008). BIC statement on poverty. [about]
    24. Essays on Bahá'í Topics, by James J. Keene (2010). Three sample chapters from a collection of essays: Universal Currency is Now, Bahá'í Election Primer, and Proclamation 1,2,3. [about]
    25. Ethics of Profit, The, by Oliver Giscard d'Estaing (2001). Clarifies the economic, social, and spiritual functions of profit and the distinction between ethical and non-ethical profit. Does not mention the Bahá'í Faith. [about]
    26. Evolving toward a Bahá'í Economic System, by Gregory C. Dahl, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 4:3 (1991). Ideals are fruitless if not implemented. There needs to be a balance and an interplay between goals and actions. A "Bahá’í economic system" suggests a number of topics for further research. [about]
    27. Faith and World Economy: A Joint Venture, a Bahá'í Perspective, by Giuseppe Robiati: Review, by Sen McGlinn (1998). [about]
    28. Faith and World Economy: A Joint Venture, Bahá'í Perspective, by Guiseppe Robiati: Review, by Mary Fish, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 4:2 (1991). [about]
    29. Faith and World Economy: A Joint Venture, Bahá'í Perspective, by Guiseppe Robiati: Review, by Edward Rappaport, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 4:2 (1991). [about]
    30. Food and Farming: Warwick Leaflets, by Warwick Bahá'í Bookshop (2001). [about]
    31. For the Betterment of the World: The Worldwide Bahá'í Community's Approach to Social and Economic Development, by Office of Social and Economic Development (2018). Essays, photographs, and overviews of local projects around the world, illustrating how Bahá'í principles are being carried out in practice, prepared by the Office of Social and Economic Development of the Bahá'í International Community. [about]
    32. Forging the Divine Economy, by Justin Scoggin (2002). Advancing the establishment of Bahá'u'lláh's divine economy through the operation of community currency. [about]
    33. Guidelines for Economic Living: Messages from the Universal House of Justice Related to Economics, by Universal House of Justice (2017). Compilation by an author of books on, and degrees in, economics. [about]
    34. Hacia un nuevo orden económico-espiritual desde una perspectiva Baha'i, by Badi Shams (2021). Una colección de trabajos acerca del concepto de economía Bahá’í. Mi objetivo siempre ha sido simplificar la economía para el lector y no utilizar vocabulario técnico ni económico. [about]
    35. Inquiry on the Role of Religion in Wealth and Poverty, An, by Hooshmand Badee, in Lights of Irfan, 18 (2017). There are areas where religion has contributed to the debate on wealth creation and poverty eradication. Partnership of two disciplines — religion as a spiritual realm and economics as a social science — fosters human well-being. [about]
    36. Interest (riba) in Islam and the Bahá'í Faith, by Gad Gilbar (2004). Bahá'í scripture permits charging interest (riba) on loans, in contrast to Islamic law which forbids it. Interest can be economically justified, and could affect the material position of the ulama and merchant classes. [about]
    37. Is Economic Justice Possible?: Toward a New Conception of the Equitable Distribution of Wealth and Income, by Navid Sabet, in Bahá'í World (2020). Survey of the world's current economic condition, and on the implications of Bahá'í principles on the enormous challenge of building an economic system that is just, benefiting all of humanity. [about]
    38. Kitáb-i-Aqdas as a Lens with which to Examine some of the Dilemmas of Modernity, The, by Betsy Omidvaran, in Solas, 2 (2002). Contrast between the Aqdas - the source of laws of future society - and issues of the modern world as it had evolved up to the 19th century. Discussion of Houses of Worship, universal language, financial principles, justice, the Covenant, and unity. [about]
    39. La Economia del Futuro: Una Recopilacion de los Escritos Baha'is, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá (1995). Una colección de cincuenta temas sobre las enseñanzas bahá'ís en materia de economía. [about]
    40. Les Valeurs economiques et les valeurs morales, by William S. Hatcher, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 1:4 (1989). [about]
    41. Missing Moral Dimension, The, by Suresh Sahadevan, in Singapore Bahá'í Studies Review, vol. 4 (1999). Today's social and economic policies are materially efficient and technically sound, but something vital is missing: graciousness within and between individuals. It may not directly result in revenue or productivity, but is crucial in the long run. [about]
    42. New Directions for Economics, by Gregory C. Dahl, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 28:1-2 (2018). How spiritual principles can be applied to economic life; Bahá'ís are called to concern themselves with the inequalities in the world and bring their personal lives and the actions of their communities more in line with principles of compassion. [about]
    43. New Framework for Global Prosperity, A, by Bahá’í International Community (2006). Bahá'í International Community's submission to the 2006 Commission on Social Development on the review of the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty [about]
    44. Pensamientos varios de un economista místico, by Badi Shams (2016). Colección de 49 artículos publicados en [about]
    45. Perspectives on the Global Economy at the Dawn of the 21st Century: An Irish Bahá'í View, by Eamonn Moane, in Solas, 1 (2001). The state and issues of the global economy, including Ireland, at the start of the 21st century. Though not intended to be a general Bahá’í critique of the world economy, the paper concludes with a Bahá’í contribution to the issues raised. [about]
    46. Random Thoughts of a Mystic Economist, by Badi Shams (2016). Collection of 53 articles published on [about]
    47. Regarding Economic Life, by Universal House of Justice (2017). Themes of Bahá'u'lláh's teachings include the reorganization of human society, how to participate in the material affairs of society in a way consistent with divine precepts, and how collective prosperity can be advanced through justice and collaboration. [about]
    48. Removing Poverty Through Virtues, by Badi Shams (2021). If humanity has more than enough food and resources for everyone, why do so many live in poverty? Humanity's materialistic rulers have failed to solve this issue. The solutions to extremes of wealth and poverty go beyond economic theories and norms. [about]
    49. Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, by Peter Brown (2009). [about]
    50. Shared Prosperity: How Does That Work?, by Wendi Momen, in Lights of Irfan, 16 (2015). The goal of shared prosperity includes two key elements: economic growth and equity. Without sustained growth, the poor are unlikely to increase their living standards, participate in broad ownership, or enjoy equitable use of land and resources. [about]
    51. Social Action, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá (2020). Concepts of social and economic development in the Bahá'í teachings; material vs spiritual dimensions of existence; community issues; specific themes of education, agriculture, economics, health, arts, and technology. [about]
    52. Social Justice, Wealth Equity and Gender Equality: Bahá'ís and non-Bahá'ís of Alberta, by Leslie William Kuzyk (2003). Bahá'í theology takes distinctive positions on wealth distribution and gender equality. These issues are causal factors in a more just model of society. A social survey establishes empirically whether a Bahá'í population differs from common society. [about]
    53. Spiritual Approach to Microcredit Projects, A, by Michel P. Zahrai (1998). Spiritual considerations that should guide the elaboration and implementation of microcredit schemes and measure their success. [about]
    54. Spiritual Dimensions of Microfinance, The: Towards a Just Civilization and Sustainable Economy, by Barbara J. Rodey (2001). Prepared for the Microcredit Summit to emphasize the importance of universal spiritual principles to achieve the real benefits of microfinance services. [about]
    55. Study of the Bahá'í Writings on Economics, by Badi Shams (2021). Annotated compilation on: divine economy, Bahá'í economic system, station of humankind, material civilization, nature of the economic problem, cost of warfare, cooperation vs competition, capitalism, the golden rule, wealth and equality, agriculture. [about]
    56. Toward a Bahá'í Economic Model, by Rick Schaut (1995). Summary of three positive statements which might form the basis for a Bahá'í economic model. [about]
    57. Toward a New Paradigm of Management, by George Starcher (1991). The fundamental changes taking place in management and organization in reaction to globalization and changing technology, and the new knowledge and information based economy. [about]
    58. Towards a New Spiritual Economic System, by Badi Shams (2021). Collection of some of work on the concept of Baha’i economics. The goal is to simplify economics and make it accessible for the reader, and not use technical, economic vocabulary. [about]
    59. True Foundation of All Economics, The, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá (2000). Book-length compilation ordered by chapters covering 26 themes on the economy, welfare, development, women's employment, work ethics, morality, agriculture, extremes of wealth and poverty, profit-sharing, health and alcohol, consultation. [about]
    60. Vision of Race Unity: America's Most Challenging Issue, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1991). A formal statement from the US NSA on "the most challenging issue confronting America." [about]
    61. Wealth, Redistribution of, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá (n.d.). Extract from "Jurisprudence and the Distribution of Wealth" followed by compilation "The Redistribution of Wealth — Some Specific Measures." [about]
    62. Why freedom matters: Adding spirituality to Amartya Sen's interpretation on freedom, by Sathia Varqa (2006). The aim of this paper is to argue why freedom matters to individual being. This is done with reference to the work of Amartya Sen, the 1998 Nobel Prize recipient for economics. [about]
    63. Why only Baha'is can contribute to the Baha'i funds: The political economy perspective, by Sathia Varqa (2006). An exploration of why only Bahá'ís have the right and privilege of giving to the Bahá'í fund, demonstrated using the economic concept of rent. The comparison is extended to explain some of the motives of interest groups and political institutions... [about]
    64. Will Globalization Lead to a World Commonwealth?, by Sohrab Abizadeh, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 15:1-4 (2005). How emerging international crises, such as global epidemics, when combined with the fundamental principles of unity and social justice prescribed in the writings of the Bahá’í Faith, are impelling the world toward the formation of a world commonwealth. [about]
    65. Workshop Material for The Baha'i Writings on Economics, by Badi Shams (2021). Structured outlines, study questions, and compilation for use in workshop sessions on the nature of economic problems and their solutions in a divine economy, and how to work toward a Bahá'í world commonwealth. [about]
    66. Шаги в сторону экономической модели бахаи, by Грег Дал, in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 4/3 (1991). Светлые идеалы бесплодны, если их обладатели сидят, сложа руки. Вместе с тем, практические действия вполне могут оказаться тщетными, если за ними не стоят светлые идеалы. Нужен баланс и трезвая обратная связь между целями и поступками. [about]
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