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Historical dictionary of the Bahá'í Faith
Adamson, Hugh C.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1998.
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ix, 504 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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BP327 .A33 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Built on the beliefs of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddism, the Baha'i Faith has been adopted by people without the benefit of paid missionaries or clergy. This text presents the Founders, leaders and pioneers, as well as aspects of its organization and administration.

Author Notes

Hugh Carswell Adamson is Secretary General of the National Spiritual Assembly of the BahD'a'D'is of the United Kingdom. He is Honorary Vice-President, United Nations Association UK; Vice Chairman, World Congress of Faiths; member of the United Nations Environmental and Development Committee (UK); as well as other elected positions and memberships.

Philip Hainsworth accepted the BahD'a'D'i Faith in 1938 and has served on BahD'a'D'i national administrative bodies for 43 years, lecturing in over 40 countries from the United States to India.

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The arrangement of this dictionary, which describes the development of the 150-year-old Baha'i faith and its expansion to more than 200 countries and territories around the world, follows that of other dictionaries in this series: a brief introduction, several time lines, the dictionary proper, an extensive bibliography, and several appendixes. Both authors are followers of the Baha'i faith, have served in its governing organization, and have written extensively about it. They intend their dictionary to contribute to spreading knowledge of the religion to outsiders and to assist followers in deepening their understanding of the faith. The book presents the founders and pioneers, the basic principles and precepts, aspects of organization and administration, and significant historical events. In many entries, the authors supplement their explanations with extensive quotes from the body of Baha'i religious scripture and the writings of others. This helps make the title the longest in this series. The excellent bibliography includes scripture, commentary, and even Internet sites. Several appendixes provide genealogies, the Baha'i calendar, and statistical information. Recommended for reference collections generally. C. J. Busick; University of Colorado at Boulder