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    Introduction to the Baha'i Faith

    ISBN-10: 0521862515
    ISBN-13: 9780521862516
    Author(s): Peter Smith
    Description: 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  More...
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    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 256
    Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.63" tall
    Weight: 1.122
    Language: English

    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

    Pete Smith is a Technical Architect and data warehouse specialist with a wide range of expertise from application analysis, design and development through to database design, administration and tuning. This experience covers 19 years in the IT industry, 14 of which are specifically on Oracle platforms and demonstrates a high degree of longevity and familiarity with the Oracle database server and associated products. Qualified to degree level, Pete has worked for many years as an independent Oracle consultant and, more recently, in a senior position as a Principal consultant with Oracle UK; Pete now works for a specialist UK IT consultancy.

    List of Map, Figures, and Tables
    Preface
    Chronology
    Prologue: The Middle East in the Nineteenth Century
    History
    The Babi Movement
    Shi'ism and Shaykhism
    Shi'ism
    Shaykhism
    Sayyid 'Ali-Muhammad, the Bab
    The Bab's Declaration and Initial Claims
    The Establishment of a Movement
    Hopes and Tensions, September 1846-July 1848
    Conflict and the Question of Babi Radicalism
    The Collapse of Babism as an Organized Movement, 1850-53
    Baha'u'llah and the Emergence of the Baha'i Faith
    Baha'u'llah and the Reanimation of Babism, 1853-66
    The Vision and Early Writings of Baha'u'llah
    The Rumelian Period, 1863-68
    The Rumelian Writings
    The Syrian Period, 1868-92
    The Syrian Writings
    'Proclamation'
    Law
    Social Reconstruction
    Other Themes
    The Family of Baha'u'llah
    The Emergence of the Baha'i Faith, c. 1866-92
    Wider Diffusion
    Social Reformist Ideas Within the Movement
    The Ministry of 'Abdu'l-Baha, 1892-1921
    The Succession
    'Abdu'l-Baha's Work and Legacy
    'Abdu'l-Baha and the Baha'is of the East
    The Internationalization of the Baha'i Faith
    The Guardianship of Shoghi Effendi, 1922-57
    'Abdu'l-Baha's Will and the Establishment of the Guardianship
    Shoghi Effendi's Leadership
    Administration
    Inspiration and Definition
    History and 'Metahistory'
    'Planification'
    The 'Baha'i World Centre'
    Opposition and Covenant
    'Interregnum': The Custodianship of the Hands of the Cause, 1957-63
    The Universal House of Justice, 1963-
    The Establishment of the Universal House of Justice
    Administration
    Expansion and Development Plans
    Baha'i World Centre
    'Deepening', Community Development and Law
    External Affairs
    Expansion Since 1921
    Up to 1953
    The Period of Global Expansion, 1953-
    Aspects of Expansion
    Distribution
    Regional Developments
    Iran
    Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and North Africa
    North America
    Europe and Australasia
    Latin America and the Caribbean
    Sub-Saharan Africa
    Asia
    Oceania
    Beliefs
    Baha'i Texts: Sources of Belief and Practice
    Baha'i Texts
    Interpretation
    Language and Understanding
    Secondary Literature and Review
    Divine Knowledge and Guidance
    God and the Manifestations of God
    God
    The Manifestations of God
    'Lesser Prophets'
    Progressive Revelation
    The Doctrine of the Dovenant
    Authority and Infallibility
    God and His Creation
    Good and Evil
    Knowledge
    Reason and the Intellect
    Epistemological Skepticism and Relativism
    Being Human
    The Soul and Its Development
    Spiritual Education
    'Heaven' and 'Hell'
    Levels of Nearness
    Recognition of the Manifestation of God
    Suffering
    Death and the Afterlife
    Prayer and Intercession
    Rationalism
    The Baha'i Faith and Other Religions
    The 'Adamic Cycle'
    The Baha'i View of Other Religions
    Islam
    Judaism and Christianity
    Ancient Middle Eastern Religions
    Indian and Chinese Religions
    Indigenous Religions
    Relations with the Members of Other Religions
    Social Teachings and the Vision of a New World Order
    The Millennial Vision
    Agency and the Creation of a New World Order
    The 'Age of Transition'
    The Role of Religion
    The Goals of World Peace and Unity
    Peace
    Armaments
    Internationalism, the League, and the United Nations
    The Unity of Peoples
    Tolerance and Freedom from Prejudice
    Universal Language
    Social Order and Justice
    Governance
    The Control of Crime
    The Abolition of the Extremes of Wealth and Poverty
    The Role and Advancement of Women
    Gender Equality
    The Qualities of Gender
    Education
    Socio-Economic Development
    Being a Baha'i: Aspects of Baha'i Life
    The Spiritual Path
    'The Path'
    Turning to God
    Relations with Others
    Community Membership and Baha'i Law
    Community Membership
    The Concept and Practice of Holy Law
    Personal Obligations Towards God
    Prayer and Devotionalism
    Fasting
    Huququ'llah
    Marriage and Family Life
    Divorce
    Family Life
    Procreation Issues
    Domestic Violence
    Aspects of Individual Life
    Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco
    Sex
    Wills and Inheritance
    Burial
    Rituals
    General Aspects of Appearance and Behaviour
    Behaviour in Civil Society and Relations with the State
    Sanctions
    Baha'i Administration
    The 'Rulers' and 'Learned'
    The Universal House of Justice
    The Assembly System
    The 'Institutions of the Learned'
    International Institutions
    The Auxiliary Board Members and Their Assistants
    Overall Role
    The Administration and the Baha'i Community
    Consultation
    Consent and Appeal
    Elections
    Funding
    Aspects of Baha'i Community Life
    The Ideal of Baha'i Community Life
    The Baha'i Year
    The Calendar
    Holy Days
    Conferences, 'Summer Schools', and Institutes
    Holy Places and Pilgrimage
    Houses of Worship
    Music and the Arts
    Architecture
    Baha'i Activities and the Wider World
    The Mission of Expansion
    Teaching and Pioneering
    Consolidation and 'Deepening'
    Opposition
    Social Involvement
    Involvement with the United Nations
    Tolerance and Unity in Diversity
    The Advancement of Women
    Gender Differentiation
    Educational Involvement
    Socio-Economic Development
    Learning and Scholarship
    Some Final Comments
    Recent Baha'i Leaders
    Hands of the Cause of God Appointed by Shoghi Effendi, 1951-57
    Members of the Universal House of Justice
    Select Bibliography
    Index

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