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Founded by Bahá'u'llah in Iran in the 19th century, the Bahá'í Faith is one of the youngest of the world's major religions. Though it has over 5 million followers worldwide, it is still little understood outside of its own community.The Bahá'í Faith: A Guide for the Perplexedexplores the utopian vision of the Bahá'í Faith including its principles for personal spiritual transformation and for the construction of spiritualized marriages, families, Bahá'í communities, and, ultimately, a spiritual world civilization. Aimed at students seeking a thorough understanding of this increasingly studied religion, this book is the ideal companion to studying and understanding the Bahá'í Faith, its teachings and the history of its development.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements \ 1. A Religion of the Word \ Part I: Teachings \ 2. The Watchword: Unity \ 3. The Divine and its Relationship to Creation \ 4. The Path of Individual Transformation \ 5. An Ever-Advancing Civilization \ Part II: Development of the Bahá'í Community \ 6. The Báb and Bábí Community, 1844-53 \ 7. The Ministry of Bahá'u'lláh, 1853-92 \ 8. The Ministry of `Abdu'l-Bahá, 1892-1921 \ 9. The Ministry of Shoghi Effendi, 1921-63 \ 10. Developments under the Universal House of Justice, 1963-96 \ 11. The Current Epoch, 1996-2012 \ 12. An Evolving Faith \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Index