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16 Books About the Baha’i Faith and the Religions of the World

February 22, 2022, in Articles > Books, by

Baha’i Blog published an interesting article entitled “14 Books About the Baha’i Faith and Christianity”. Living as I am in a multi-religious neighborhood with a church, a mosque and a Hindu temple within a block, I felt it appropriate to do a similar article for some of the other religions of the world. Forgive me if it is not quite as thorough as I’d like: the number of choices are limited. I have not read all of them but have reason to believe they are all worth reading and they all relate the teachings and prophecies of various religions with the Baha’i Faith.

So here we go:

HINDUISM & THE BAHA’I FAITH

1. Hinduism & the Baha’i Faith

This is a study by Moojan Momen. In this book, the teachings of Hinduism are explained and related to the teachings of Baha’u’llah. It is 100 pages and is published by George Ronald.

You can find a copy here: Hinduism & the Baha’i Faith


BUDDHISM & THE BAHA’I FAITH

2. Buddhism and the Baha’i Faith

By Moojan Momen, this is another excellent book that examines the Baha’i Faith and the Theravada Buddhist tradition. It is 128 pages and is published by George Ronald.

You can find a copy here: Buddhim and the Baha’i Faith


3. Buddha Maitrya-Amitabha Has Appeared

This book is by Jamshed Fozdar. It discusses Buddhist prophecies and includes some Hindu prophecies also. It is an impressive tome but may only be available from India. It is 591 pages and is published by Baha’i Publishing Trust of India.

You can find a copy here: Buddha Maitrya-Amitabha Has Appeared


CHRISTIANITY & THE BAHA’I FAITH

4. Light of the Kingdom

This book, by JoAnn Borovicka, presents Baha’i teachings on the nature of the Bible in general. It then explores Baha’i guidance on a variety of subjects as they arise from the first book of the Old Testament through the last book of the New Testament.

You can find an interview with JoAnn Borovicka about her book here: Light of the Kingdom: A Book by JoAnn Borovicka

You can purchase a copy here: Light of the Kingdom
 


5. South-southwest of Pago Pago: A Bible Lover’s Guide to the Baha’i Faith

This book is by Bill Hyman, a dedicated Baha’i who has been serving his community in American Samoa for decades. This book combines his profound love for the Bible and some personal anecdotes.

You can read an interview with Bill about his book here: South-southwest of Pago Pago: A Bible Lover’s Guide to the Baha’i Faith

And you can find a copy of the book here: South-southwest of Pago Pago: A Bible Lover’s Guide to the Baha’i Faith


ISLAM & THE BAHA’I FAITH

6. Islam and the Baha’i Faith

This is an excellent book by Dr Moojan Momen. It introduces the Baha’i Faith from a (Sunni) Muslim perspective. It is 288 pages and is published by George Ronald.

You can find a copy here: Islam and the Baha’i Faith


7. Islam at the Crossroads

This work is by Lameh Fananapazir. It takes a different approach and looks at the difficulties facing Islam today and the solutions offered by the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. It is 688 pages and is published by George Ronald with both printed and ebook versions available.

You can find a copy here: Islam at the Crossroads


OTHER BOOKS

These books relate prophecies of multiple religions to the Baha’i Faith.

8. The Face of God Among Us

This work by John S. Hatcher offers  “an examination of religious history” which “looks at the lives and stations of the Prophets of the past – Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha’u’llah – and asks: Who exactly were these exalted beings?” It is 333 pages and is published by the US Baha’i Publishing Trust with both printed and ebook versions.

You can find a copy here: The Face of God Among Us


9. Founders of Faith – The Parallel Lives of God’s Messengers

This title by Harold Rosen looks at all major religions and compares the lives of their Founders. It is 418 pages, published by the US Baha’i Publishing Trust with both printed and ebook versions.

You can find a copy here: Founders of Faith – The Parallel Lives of God’s Messengers


10. Promises Fulfilled: Christianity, Islam, and the Baha’i Faith

This book is by Nabil I. Hanna. According to its blurb, “this book examines the promises made in both the Bible and the Koran concerning the coming of the Promised One, and sheds light on the principal objections that prevent Christians and Muslims from accepting the Baha’i Faith.” It is 357 pages, published by US Baha’i Publishing Trust with both printed and ebook versions.

You can find a copy here: Promises Fulfilled: Christianity, Islam and the Baha’i Faith


11. 1844: Convergence in Prophecy for Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Baha’i Faith

Written by Eileen Maddocks, this book examines the Adventist expectations among Christians and Muslims around 1844 and the fulfillment of prophecy by the Baha’i Eileen’s grandfather was a Millerite and she gives details of the history of the movement.

You can read an interview with Eileen about the book here: 1844: A New Book About Prophecy and the Baha’i Faith

You can find a copy here: 1844: Convergence in Prophecy for Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Baha’i Faith
 


12. The Coming of the Glory: How the Hebrew Scriptures Reveal the Plan of God, a trilogy

Also by Eileen Maddocks, volume 1 of The Coming of the Glory explores the prophecies found in the earlier Hebrew scriptures. Volume 2 covers the pre-exilic prophets and volume 3 the post-exilic prophets, all within the context of ancient Israelite history.

Here is another interview with her about this book: The Coming of the Glory – A Trilogy

You can find copies of volume 1 here: The Coming of the Glory: How the Hebrew Scriptures Reveal the Plan of God
 
 


13. Letter from the Universal House of Justice to the World’s Religious Leaders

Written on April 2002, this letter is an invitation to the world’s religious communities to reexamine the issues lying at the heart of interfaith activity: “It is to this historic challenge that we believe leaders of religion must respond if religious leadership is to have meaning in the global society emerging from the transformative experiences of the twentieth century.”

You can read it online or download it here from the Baha’i Reference Library: To the World’s Religious Leaders 
 
 


14.One Common Faith

This is a text prepared under the supervision of the Universal House of Justice. Prepared in 2005, this document reviews relevant passages from both the writings of Baha’u’llah and the scriptures of other faiths against the background of the contemporary religious crisis. You can read or download the text here from the Baha’i Reference Library: One Common Faith. Iko Congo also wrote a short Baha’i Blog about the text, which you can read here: An Introduction to ‘One Common Faith’ and there’s also an audio reading of the text which you can listen to here: One Common Faith [Audio Reading]


15. The Half of It Was Never Told

Carolyn Sparey Fox is the author of this book set in the 19th century, when many were filled with excitement and expectation that the prophecies in the Bible and the Quran would be fulfilled. Carolyn’s book charts the stories of three men who never met, William Miller, Joseph Wolff and Mulla Husayn, who were all dedicated and devoted to their quest of finding the Promised One. Only one of them found what he was looking for.

You can read an interview with Carolyn about her book here: The Half of It was Never Told – A New Book by Carolyn Sparey Fox

You can find copies of it here: The Half of It was Never Told


16. The Baha’i Faith – Short Introductions

I’ve also authored a series of six booklets that provide an introduction to the Baha’i Faith and its teachings for a variety of specific audiences such as Christians, Muslims and Hindus.

You can find them here: The Baha’i Faith – Short Introductions
 
 


I hope you find this list, however incomplete, useful, and if you’d like to share other titles that you know of, please feel free to do so in the comments section below.

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Andrew Mancey

Andrew Mancey lives in Guyana (South America). He has a science background and worked in education and development for many years, teaching physics and IT in school and at university. He is now retired. He is married with five children. He has recently published a few short publications on Kindle. A blog can be found at https://ninewonderings.blogspot.com/.

Discussion 2 Comments

May I recommend this book to add to your list: /Users/jeremyfox/Desktop/L:Christians,cover.jpeg
Published by the Baha’i Publishing Trust of Mauritius, but also available on Kindle (Amazon) with a slightly different title “Reflections on Baha’u’llah’s Letter to the Christians.
It is also available in French, German and Italian.
I know the British Baha’i bookstore stocks it, but am not sure about Australia?

Jeremy Fox (February 2, 2022 at 11:43 AM)

Thank you Jeremy.

Andrew Mancey (March 3, 2022 at 1:26 AM)

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