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A Lost History of the Baha'i Faith: The Progressive Tradition of Baha'u'llah's Forgotten Family

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    Shua Ullah Behai(Author) Eric Stetson(Editor)

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In the mid 1800s, a Persian nobleman in exile claimed to be a new messenger of God. He called himself Baha'u'llah ("The Glory of God") and taught that all nations, races, and religions should come together to build a global civilization of peace and justice for all.Baha'u'llah's progressive teachings have inspired millions of people around the world. But his own family was torn apart by schism and authoritarian interpretations of the religion. Most of his descendants are remembered today as heretics or have been forgotten by Baha'is.This book tells the story of the Baha'i faith through the eyes of some of the children and grandchildren of its founder, and others who knew Baha'u'llah personally. Despite their sincere belief, they were excommunicated and shunned by their own relatives and fellow believers after the prophet's death. They called themselves Unitarian Baha'is and stood for a broad-minded faith based on reason and individual freedom of conscience.Shua Ullah Behai, the eldest grandson of Baha'u'llah, led a Unitarian Baha'i denomination in the United States and compiled an introduction to the Baha'i faith in the 1940s. This historically significant manuscript was preserved by the author's niece and is published for the first time in this annotated volume.
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  • By ndk on 23 January 2016

    Religious historians have concluded that all spiritual traditions actually begin in diversity--multiple Christianities, Buddhisms, Hinduisms and so forth--which are then winnowed down to a few varieties, mostly due to political and cultural factors. The original vision of a prophet or visionary is 'wild,' then later 'colonized' and 'tamed' to fit one or several organizational frameworks. We still find this shadow-play enacted in the postmodern world: 'orthodox' faith, with its attendant security, opposing the more free expression of the mystic vision. This dynamic infuses the drama of conflict between and among the religious and secular fundamentalisms we see at work today.While we have only patchy evidence from the early history of most of the world's religions, A Lost History of The Baha'i Faith presents us with a remarkably clear testimony to how the process of winnowing worked in a modern one. Behai and Stetson present a fascinating account of how the Bahai tradition underwent a schism that pitted authoritarian belief and personal charisma versus the free expression of a universal spirituality. As such this book should be of interest to all students and scholars of the 'new religious movements' of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as to anyone who wonders why idealism and universalist ideas alone do not suffice to change the world.--Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz, former chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and author of Desert Wisdom and The Sufi Book of Life.

  • By aadil on 11 September 2015

    What a great book. I'm a Baha'i and never had chance to read about Bahaullah's family. These people are the branches regardless their mistakes. Baha'is should stop judging them and punishing them. It's really childish. I wish if the editor had access to more lost writings of Bahaullah in branches hand.

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