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Processes of the Lesser Peace

edited by Babak Bahador and Nazila Ghanea. Oxford: George Ronald, 2002. xii + 276 pages. George Ronald Bahá’í Studies series. Available at George Ronald. reviewed by William P. Collins in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 14, no. 1-4 (2004) Bahá’u’lláh envisioned a two-stage emergence from the era of state sovereignty to the golden age of peace. He [...]

By |January 5th, 2016|Book Reviews, Life of Society|

The Wellbeing of Nations: A Country-by-Country Index of Quality of Life and the Environment

by Robert Prescott-Allen. Washington: Island Press/Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, 2001. xiii + 322 pages; tables, appendices, references, index. Available at Amazon.ca and Amazon.com reviewed by Kim Naqvi in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 13, no. 1-4 (2003) Two years ago, at a colloquium on sub-Saharan Africa, a colleague raised an uncomfortable question. How, she asked, can [...]

By |January 5th, 2016|Book Reviews, Life of Society|

The Bahá’í: The Religious Construction of a Global Identity

by Michael McMullen. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, 2000, xvi + 246 pages, including appendices, bibliography, and index. Available on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com reviewed by William P. Collins in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 11, no. 1-2 (2001) This work joins the relatively few published full-length sociological treatments of the Bahá’í Faith, most notably [...]

By |January 5th, 2016|Book Reviews, History & Biography|

Shoghi Effendi in Oxford and Earlier

by Riaz Khadem. George Ronald, Oxford, 1999, xviii + 173 pages. Illustrated (32 plates). Available at George Ronald and US BDS. reviewed by Anne Furlong in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 10, no. 1-2 (2000) The claims of Bahá’í history are corroborated by authenticated texts. Many Bahá’ís therefore assume that documenting pivotal figures or events in [...]

By |January 5th, 2016|Book Reviews, History & Biography|

Legacies of the Heart

by Larry Rowdon. Borealis Press, Ottawa, 1997, 66 pages. reviewed by Ian Kluge in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 9, no. 3 (1999) A poem is like a handful of pebbles thrown into a pond: as the stones strike the water, circles spread out, interacting and forming all sorts of intricate patterns. Likewise, in skillfully written poetry, memorable patterns of [...]

By |January 4th, 2016|Book Reviews, Life of Society|

Crystallizations: 20 Works by Bahá’í Artists

edited by Ross Woodman. Bahá’í Studies Publications, Ottawa, 1996, 291 + xi pages. Available at ABS reviewed by Shirin Sabri in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 9, no. 1 (1999) Some time ago, when I was working in the Bahá’í World Centre Library and lamenting the lack of good novels in English to be found in Haifa, [...]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Book Reviews, Life of Society|

Songs for the Phoenix

by Michael Fitzgerald. George Ronald, Oxford, England, 1994, 207 pages. Available at George Ronald reviewed by Anne Gordon Perry in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, Vol. 7, no. 3 (1997) Songs for the Phoenix is aptly named. What other creature besides the phoenix is so associated with affirmation and rebirth with suffering transmuted? Here, a voice [...]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Book Reviews, Life of Society|

Environnement: Patrimoine de l’humanité

published and distributed by: Association d’Études Bahá’íes—Europe francophone, Genève, 1993, 59 pages reviewed by Arthur Lyon Dahl in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, Vol. 5, no. 4 (1993) This volume contains the papers (in French) presented at the eighth meeting of the Association of Bahá’í Studies for French-Speaking Europe, held in Belgium 9-10 November 1991 on [...]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Book Reviews, Life of Society|

The Prophecies of Jesus

by Michael Sours. Oneworld Publications, Oxford, 1991, 223 pages. Available on Amazon Reviewed by Christopher S. Buck in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 5, no. 2 (1992) Bahá’í literature on Christianity is, by and large, apologetic. Recent exceptions prove the rule: Michael Sours’s article, “The Maid of Heaven, the Image of Sophia, and the Logos” (The Journal of [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|Book Reviews, Study of the Writings|

Studying the Writings of Shoghi Effendi

by Morten Bergsmo. George Ronald, Oxford, 1991, 202 pages. Available at George Ronald. reviewed by Melanie Smith in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 4 no. 4 (1992) Few would argue with the contention that a profound knowledge of the writings of Shoghi Effendi is an important asset to the task of effectively teaching the Bahá’í Faith [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|Book Reviews, Study of the Writings|