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By Shua Ullah Behai, Eric Stetson

A heritage of the kinfolk of Mirza Husayn Ali Baha'u'llah (d. 1892) instructed from their very own standpoint. those are these Baha'i relations of Baha'u'llah whom Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha made Covenant Breakers and ostracized from the better Baha'i sect. This ebook is the 1st of its sort and an incredible ancient record.

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And he is the one who said that all the human race springs from one source and the apparent differences result from differences of environment and degrees of culture, and that humanity is nothing else but one family. After all, God created the Earth without boundaries or frontiers. The founders of the great religions in the world are but inspired people carrying holy messages to different corners of the world at different intervals of time. Baha’ism is not an organization but a system of thought and a new way of living.

XXVI A Lost History of the Baha’i Faith that it could be reformed and the mistakes of its past be corrected. I trust that future histories will record that at least some of its followers and friends were sincere in the pursuit of truth, justice, and the highest principles and ideals. Kamar Bahai, granddaughter of Baha’u’llah, as a young woman, c. 1940. xxix I i XXX Mousa and Kamar Bahai at their daughter Maliha’s wedding. xxxi 1 - Preface By Eric Stetson -----0 ---- The Paradox of the Baha’i Faith In 1891, Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri, a Persian nobleman in exile who called himself Baha’u’llah (“The Glory of God”), wrote the following words, claiming to be revealing God’s message for a new era of human civilization: The first Glad-Tidings...

8 Dr. John Walbridge is a professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. His late wife, Dr. Linda Walbridge, served as deputy director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University in the 1990s and taught anthropology at Indiana University. The issues and events that led them, Dr. Cole and others to leave the Baha’i faith are described in an academic article by Karen Bacquet, “Enemies Within: Conflict and Control in the Baha’i Community,” originally published in Cultic Studies Journal, Volume 18:109- Preface xxxvii The Need for Critical Baha’i Scholarship Although Juan Cole and the other reform-minded Baha’i scholars did not call for a reevaluation of the great schism that occurred in the Baha’i faith between the followers of two of Baha’u’llah’s sons—focusing instead on modern debates—a fresh and open-minded examination of the earliest debate about the nature and extent of Baha’i institutional authority is in fact long overdue, and could shed much light on how this religion, which paradoxically began as a movement against the stultifying authoritarianism of Shi'ite Islam, eventually adopted some similar characteristics.

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