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We’re always trying to get our hands on Baha’i talks here at Baha’i Blog (taking copyright seriously of course), and in fact one of the requests from our recent Baha’i Blog Survey was to make more Baha’i Talks available.
And now, thanks to the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Santa Monica, California we’re happy to share with everyone two sets of talks held at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre.
The first is a series of three talks given by Professor Amin Banani in 2003 on the “World Order of Baha’u’llah”.
The second is a series of 12 talks given by Professor Nader Saiedi called “Text and Context in the Baha’i Heroic Age” held in 2014.
Both were held at the Santa Monica Baha’i Centre, and we are so grateful to the Santa Monica Baha’i Community for not only organizing these talks, but for taking the initiative to record them!
Professor Amin Banani has authored numerous scholarly works and was a longtime professor of Persian history and literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served the Baha’i Faith in a wide range of roles including being a member of the Board of Trustees of Ḥuqúqu’lláh for the United States for more than two decades, and also an advocate for the Baha’i Faith at the United Nations. He and his wife, Sheila, were Knights of Baha’u’llah for their role in the founding of the national Baha’i community of Greece. Professor Banani passed away on July 28, 2013 at the age of 86. (Read more about Amin Banani here.)
Professor Nader Saiedi is well known for his books Logos and Civilization and Gate of the Heart. Born in Tehran, Iran. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. For over 25 years he was a professor of sociology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2013, he became the Taslimi Foundation Professor of Baha’i Studies in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. (Read more about Nader Saiedi here.)
You can listen to these talks by either streaming them, or by downloading them from the links below.
Professor Amin Banani: World Order of Baha’u’llah
Professor Nader Saiedi: Text and Context in the Baha’i Heroic Age
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