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An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith

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  • Date Published: April 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521862516

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  • Peter Smith traces the development of the Baha’i faith from its roots in the Babi movement of mid-nineteenth century Iran, through the lives and work of its prophet-founder, Baha'u'llah (1817-92), and his successors, to its contemporary emergence as a worldwide religion. • Explores the textual sources for Baha’i belief and practice, theology and anthropology and understanding of other religions. • Covers the concept of the spiritual path, the faith’s law and administration and aspects of community life. • Examines the Baha’i’s social teachings and activities in the wider world

    • The first comprehensive academic introduction to the Baha'i faith
    • Written by the leading academic in this field of study
    • Includes a chronology, select bibliography and list of recent Baha'i leaders
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    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521862516
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    Part I. History:
    1. The Babi movement
    2. Bahá'u'lláh and the emergence of the Baha'i Faith
    3. The ministry of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, 1892–1921
    4. The guardianship of Shoghi Efendi (1922–57)
    5. The Universal House of Justice, 1963–
    6. Expansion since 1921
    Part II. Beliefs:
    7. Baha'i texts: sources of belief and practice
    8. Divine knowledge and guidance
    9. Being human
    10. The Baha'i faith and other religions
    11. Social teachings and the vision of a new world order
    Part III. Being a Baha'i: Aspects of Baha'i Life:
    12. Community and membership and Baha'i law
    13. Baha'i administration
    14. Aspects of Baha'i community life
    15. Baha'i activities and the wider world
    Some final comments
    Appendix: recent Baha'i leaders.

  • Author

    Peter Smith, Mahidol University Inernational College
    Peter Smith is Chairman of the Social Sciences Division, Mahidol University International College, Bangkok. He is author of several books in the field of Baha'i studies including The Bahá'í Faith: A Short History, 2nd Edition (1999) and A Concise Encyclopedia of the Bahá'í Faith, 2nd Edition (2002).

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