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‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the West: A Biographical Guide of the People Associated with His Travels

by Jan Teofil Jasion. 499 pages; Paris, Librairie Bahá’íe, 2012. reviewed by Anne Gordon Perry in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 25, no. 3 (2015). This important new reference work serves as an excellent companion volume to any of the other sources about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s travels in the West. Providing entries on almost 2,000 persons whom ‘Abdu’l-Bahá met between 1911 [...]

By |February 17th, 2016|Book Reviews, History & Biography, new|

Awakening—A History of the Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths in Nayriz

by Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman, Bahá’í Publishing Trust, Wilmette, IL, 2013, 352 pages. Available through US BPT and the Canadian BDS. reviewed by Anne Pearson in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 25, no. 3 (2015). Thanks to the efforts of the Bahá’í International Community, the United Nations, and the protests of various national governments, the persistent egregious [...]

By |February 8th, 2016|Book Reviews, History & Biography|

The Equality of Women and Men: The Experience of the Bahá’í Community of Canada

by Deborah K. van den Hoonaard and Will C. van den Hoonaard. Douglas, New Brunswick: published by the authors, 2006. Available at US BDS. reviewed by Lynn Echevarria in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 16, no. 1-4 (2006) What does the equality of women and men mean to the Canadian Bahá’í community? How is this principle [...]

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

The Spirit of Agriculture

edited by Paul Hanley. Oxford: George Ronald, 2005. George Ronald Bahá’í Studies Series. 226 pages. Available at George Ronald. reviewed by Arthur Lyon Dahl in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 15, no. 1-4 (2005) Agriculture and religion are two subjects which are not immediately associated with each other, especially in the industrialized countries and in more [...]

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

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|