The written works of Shoghi Effendi make up an important part of Baha’i literature as I believe they provide vital insights into the history and development of Baha’i communities, contextual information and interpretation of the Writings, and inspired insights about how one can participate in Baha’i community efforts. In this article I would like to provide a look at some resources that can assist us in beginning to read, relate to, and learn from Shoghi Effendi’s works. It should also be noted that I am considering the works Shoghi Effendi himself authored, and not his masterful translation work. Continue reading
The Baha’i World Centre has recently released a new compilation about the Universal House of Justice which can be read online at the Baha’i Reference Library here. Continue reading
Former member of the Universal House of Justice, Mr. Hooper Dunbar, is currently facilitating an online study called ‘Reading the Writings of Shoghi Effendi’.
Mr. Hooper Dunbar served as a member of the Universal House of Justice for 22 years, and the youth who had the honor of volunteering at the Baha’i World Centre while Mr. Dunbar was serving on the Universal House of Justice may be familiar with his weekly Thursday night study sessions on various Baha’i topics. In the spirit of those Thursday nights, Mr. Dunbar has started this weekly study class online called ‘Reading the Writings of Shoghi Effendi’, which you can either join live, or watch recordings of them at your own convenience. Continue reading
Oneworld Publications has released a book detailing the persecution of the Baha’is called 175 Years of Persecution: A History of the Babis & Baha’is of Iran by Fereydun Vahman. The book recounts how Iran’s largest religious minority has been persecuted by the state since its inception to the present and such a comprehensive study has never been published before. Baha’is and Babis have been made scapegoats for the nation’s ills, branded enemies of Islam and denounced as foreign agents. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 Baha’is have been barred from entering the nation’s universities, more than two hundred have been executed, and hundreds more imprisoned and tortured.
Fereydun Vahman writes that Iran is now at a turning point. A new generation has begun to question how the Baha’is have been portrayed by the government and the clergy, and are calling for them to be given equal rights as fellow citizens. Continue reading