The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948

The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr

What binds together Louis Riel’s former secretary, a railroad inventor, a Montreal comedienne, an early proponent of Canada’s juvenile system and a prominent Canadian architect? Socialists, suffragists, musicians, artists — from 1898 to 1948, these and some 550 other individual Canadian Bahá’ís helped create a movement described as the second most widespread religion in the world.

Using diaries, memoirs, official reports, private correspondence, newspapers, archives and interviews, Will C. van den Hoonaard has created the first historical account of Bahá’ís in Canada. In addition, The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 clearly depicts the dynamics and the struggles of a new religion in a new country.

This is a story of modern spiritual heroes — people who changed the lives of others through their devotion to the Bahá’í ideals, in particular to the belief that the earth is one country and all of humankind are its citizens.

Thirty-nine original photographs effectively depict persons and events influencing the growth of the Bahá’í movement in Canada.

The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 makes an original contribution to religious history in Canada and provides a major sociological reference tool, as well as a narrative history that can be used by scholars and Bahá’ís alike for many years to come.



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This is history as only a sociologist would present it: with chapters on the formation of community identity, changing styles of organization and boundary maintenance, and social and cultural adaptation in the Canadian setting. There is also plenty of solid history in this first account of the socialists, suffragists, musicians, and artists who helped create the movement described as the second most widespread religion in the world. Includes some illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780585221472
0585221472
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 356 p.) : ill., map

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