1st Edition

Baha’i Faith: The Basics

ISBN 9781138346161
Published November 27, 2020 by Routledge
262 Pages

USD $22.95

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Book Description

Bahá’í Faith: The Basics provides a thorough and accessible introduction to a fascinating, independent world religion. Examining its historical development, current “community-building” efforts and the social contributions of the Bahá’í Faith in the world today, this introduction covers:

• Beliefs: Bahá’í spiritual teachings.

• Principles: Bahá’í social teachings.

• History: Bahá’u’lláh and his covenant.

• Scripture: Bahá’í sacred texts and inspired guidance.

• Institutions: The Bahá’í Administrative Order.

• Building community: What Bahá’ís do.

• Social action: Bahá’í social and economic development projects.

• Public discourse: The Bahá’í International Community.

• Vision: Foundations for a future golden age.

With features including a glossary of terms, and references to the Bahá’í writings throughout, this is the ideal text for students and interested readers wanting to familiarize themselves with the Bahá’í Faith.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: What is the Bahá’í Faith?

2. Beliefs: Bahá’í Spiritual Teachings

3. Principles: Bahá’í Social Teachings

4. History: Bahá’u’lláh and His Covenant

5. Scripture and Authoritative Writings: Bahá’í Sacred Texts and Inspired Guidance

6. Institutions: The Bahá’í Administrative Order

7. Building Community: What Bahá’ís Do

8. Social Action: Social and Economic Development

9. Public Discourse: The Bahá’í International Community

10. Vision: Foundations for a Future Golden Age

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Christopher Buck is an independent scholar and former professor at Michigan State University, USA; Quincy University, USA; Millikin University, USA; and Carleton University, Canada.


"This excellent, beautifully organized introduction provides an accurate and unusually rich entré into a relatively new and still somehow frequently misunderstood religion. The author, Christopher Buck, is a leading scholar of the Baha'i religion. His book is richly enhanced with quotations from official translations of the Baha'i sacred writings, insights into the formation of distinctive Baha'i institutions and rare glimpses of key moments in Baha'i intellectual history from an introduction to the influential African-American Baha'i philosopher, Alain Locke (d. 1954) known as 'the father of the Harlem Renaissance', to a discussion of the more recent development of the Ruhi Institute process. This introduction goes beyond existing textbooks in both scope and detail. It will be warmly welcomed by researchers and students of the Baha'i Faith."

 Todd Lawson, University of Toronto, Canada

"One outstanding feature of this book for either Bahá’ís or non-Bahá’ís is its contemporary relevance. Even well-informed readers could not possibly be fully aware of the overview presented by Buck of all the multifarious activities taking place in the Bahá’í world community. … Buck’s treatment of the material is throughout well-researched, and rich in the detail that an alert reader expects. In sum, despite its unpretentious title, this book is more than the Basics of the Bahá’í Faith. It not only covers well the religion’s early history, three central holy figures, spiritual and social teachings and organization, but also it presents a complete contemporary picture of the remarkably diverse economic, social, and spiritual activities that are being planned and executed by the Bahá’í community in all countries of the world."

Jack McLean, author of Revisioning the Sacred: New Perspectives on a Bahá’í Theology