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A Way Out of No Way

Transforming Dropouts into Scholars, 1967–1977. Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman (United States: CreateSpace, 2016), 131 pages. Available at Amazon.com. Reviewed by Donald T. Streets for The Journal of Bahá’í Studies. At first glance, A Way Out of No Way: Harlem Prep: Transforming Dropouts into Scholars, 1967–1977, by Bahá’í co-authors Dr. Hussein Ahdieh and Hillary Chapman, might mistakenly be [...]

By |April 13th, 2017|Book Reviews, History & Biography, new|

Shoghi Effendi through the Pilgrim’s Eye – Vol. 1

Building the Administrative Order, 1922–1952. Earl Redman (Oxford, UK: George Ronald, 2015), 472 pages. Available at George Ronald, US BDS, and Amazon.ca. Reviewed by Catherine Nash for The Journal of Bahá’í Studies. There has always been a tension between the enthusiasm versus the veracity of notes written by Haifa-bound pilgrims who shared their memories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá or [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Book Reviews, History & Biography, new|

Champions of Oneness: Louis Gregory and His Shining Circle

by Janet Ruhe-Schoen. 282 pages, Wilmette, IL: Bahá’í Publishing, 2015. reviewed by Lex Musta for Journal of Bahá’í Studies. Available at US BDS and on Amazon.   In Janet Ruhe-Schoen’s important new book, Champions of Oneness: Louis Gregory and His Shining Circle, Hand of the Cause of God Louis George Gregory is quoted as saying, “The work of overcoming [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|Book Reviews, History & Biography, new|

One Life, One Memory

by Rúhá Asdáq. 46 pages, Welwyn, UK: George Ronald Publisher, 1999. reviewed by Paul Mantle for Journal of Bahá’í Studies. Available at George Ronald. Rúhá Asdáq’s One Life, One Memory has received relatively little attention since its publication in English by George Ronald Publisher in 1999. However, it stands as an enlightening and precious first-person memoir from [...]

By |November 24th, 2016|Book Reviews, History & Biography|

No Jim Crow Church: The Origins of South Carolina’s Bahá’í Community

by Louis Venters. xii + 321 pages, Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2015. reviewed by Richard W. Thomas for Journal of Bahá’í Studies. Available at University Press of Florida and on Amazon. According to the author, No Jim Crow Church “is the first attempt by a professional historian to reconstruct and analyze the formative period [...]

By |August 29th, 2016|Book Reviews, History & Biography|

The Quickening: Unknown Poetry of Tahirih

by John S. Hatcher and Amrollah Hemmat. 261 pages. Wilmette, IL: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 2011. reviewed by Shahbaz Fatheazam in Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 25, no. 3 (2015). We can never be too humble as artists to copy the fever and craft of the other artist in alien tongue but, at best, any rendition of Persian poetry [...]

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

‘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 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|