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The World of the Bahá'í Faith

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Robert H. Stockman



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December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

The World of the Bahá'í Faith is an outstanding guide to the Bahá'í Faith and its culture in all its geographical and historical diversity. Written by a distinguished team of international contributors, this volume explores the origin of this religion and contains substantial thematic articles on the living experience of the global Bahá'í community. The volume is organised into six distinct sections:

    • Leadership and Authoritative Texts
    • Theology
    • Humanity
    • Society
    • Contemporary Bahá'í Community
    • History and Spread of the Bahá'í Community

These sections cover such themes as afterlife, artistic expression, Bahá'í institutions, devotional life, diversity, economics, education, the environment and sustainability, family life, gender, human nature, interfaith relations, international governance, law, marriage, peace, persecution, philosophy, race, science and religion, scripture, spirituality, and work. The development of the Bahá'í Faith is outlined in ten regional articles.

This volume provides an authoritative and accessible source of information on all topics important to the Bahá'í Faith. The World of the Bahá'í Faith will be essential reading to students and scholars studying world religions and comparative religion. It will also be of interest to those in related fields such as sociology, political science, anthropology, and ethics.

Table of Contents

Introduction
ROBERT H. STOCKMAN

Part 1
Leadership and Authoritative Texts

1. Overview: The Central Figures, the Institutions of the Bahá’í Faith, and the Covenant
SHAHIN VAFAI

2. The Báb
OMID GHAEMMAGHAMI

3. The Writings and Teachings of the Báb
NADER SAIEDI

4. Bahá’u’lláh
MOOJAN MOMEN

5. The Writings of Bahá'u'lláh
STEVEN PHELPS

6. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

NECATI ALKAN

    7. The Writings and Utterances of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

    MINA YAZDANI

    8. Shoghi Effendi Rabbani
    RICHARD HOLLINGER

    9. The English Language Writings of Shoghi Effendi
    SANDRA LYNN HUTCHISON

    10. The Writings of Shoghi Effendi in Persian

    MINA YAZDANI

    11. The Universal House of Justice
    TODD SMITH

    12. The Writings of the Universal House of Justice
    TODD SMITH

    Part 2
    Theology

    13. Theology and Philosophy
    MIKHAIL SERGEEV

    14. God, Revelation, and Manifestation
    VARGHA BOLODO-TAEFI

    15. Progressive Revelation
    SASHA DEHGHANI

    16. Interfaith Relations
    ANNE M. PEARSON AND ROBERT STOCKMAN

    17. Science and Religion
    STEVEN PHELPS

    Part 3
    Humanity

    18. Oneness and Unity
    ROBERT H. STOCKMAN

    19. The Physical and Spiritual Dimensions of Human Nature
    IAN KLUGE

    20. Unity in Diversity: African Americans and the Bahá’í Faith
    GUY EMERSON MOUNT

    21. The Equality of the Sexes
    ANNE M. PEARSON

    22. Mysticism
    VARGHA BOLODO-TAEFI

    23. Progress of the soul: life after death
    MIKHAIL SERGEEV

    24. Spirituality and Spiritual Practices
    CHRISTOPHER WHITE

    Part 4
    Society

    25. Artistic Expression
    ANNE GORDON PERRY

    26. Economics: The Prosperity of the World and the Development of Nations
    AUGUSTO LOPEZ-CLAROS

    27. Education
    FILIP BOICU AND SIYAMAK ZABIHI-MOGHADDAM

    28. Environment and Sustainability
    ARTHUR LYON DAHL

    29. Governance
    GRAHAM HASSALL

    30. Law
    ROSHAN DANESH

    31. Marriage and Family Life
    WENDI MOMEN

    32. Peace
    HODA MAHMOUDI

    33. Work and Business
    WENDI MOMEN

    Part 4
    Contemporary Bahá’í Community

    34. The Covenant and Covenant-breaking
    WENDY M HELLER

    35. The Bahá’í Administrative Order
    TODD SMITH

    36. Constructive Agency
    MICHAEL KARLBERG AND DERIK SMITH

    37. Consultation
    TODD SMITH AND OMID GHAEMMAGHAMI

    38. A Culture of Learning
    MICHAEL KARLBERG AND TODD SMITH

    39. Devotional Life
    ELHAM AFNAN

    40. Religious Persecution of Bahá’ís Under the Islamic Republic of Iran
    SIYAMAK ZABIHI-MOGHADDAM

    Part 5
    History and Spread of the Bahá’í Community

    41. The History of the Bábí and Bahá'í Faiths
    PETER SMITH

    42. Arab Middle East

    NESREEN AKHTARKHAVARI

    43. Europe
    SEENA FAZEL

    44. Iran
    MOOJAN MOMEN

    45. Latin America and the Caribbean
    ROBERT H. STOCKMAN

    46. North America
    ROBERT H. STOCKMAN

    47. Northeast Asia
    GRAHAM HASSALL

    48. Oceania
    GRAHAM HASSALL

    49. South Asia
    ANNE M. PEARSON

    50. Southeast Asia
    PETER SMITH

    51. Sub-Saharan Africa
    ROBERT H. STOCKMAN AND WILL VAN DEN HOONAARD

    Glossary of Bahá’í Terms

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    Editor(s)

    Biography

    Robert Stockman is Director of the Wilmette Institute for the study of the Bahá'í Faith, USA, and instructor at Indiana University South Bend, USA.