- Abdu’l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha’u’llah. When Abdu’l-Baha passed away on 28 November 1921, He was eulogized as One who led humanity to the “Way of Truth,” as a “pillar of peace” and the embodiment of “glory and greatness.”
In this talk titled ‘Spirituality in a Phony World: In Search of Authenticity’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, reflects on our quest for authenticity, what it means, and how he feels it’s emerging as one of the central challenges of civilization today.
Payam Akhavan PhD (Harvard) is a Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a Member of the International Court of Arbitration and a former UN prosecutor at The Hague. His prior academic appointments were at Yale, Oxford, Paris, and Florence, and he has served with the United Nations in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and other conflict zones. He is a founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, and he has also produced and contributed to several notable documentary films on human rights. His global career has been featured in the New York Times, BBC World’s HardTalk, Maclean’s magazine, Toronto Star, and Brazil’s TV Globo. In 2005, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. In October 2017, he delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Massey Lectures. The companion book, a memoir entitled ‘In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey‘, became the #1 bestseller (non-fiction) in Canada.
This talk was given at the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference, 25 December 2017.
You can find the audio version of this talk here on Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page: Spirituality in a Phony World: In Search of Authenticity
You may also enjoy Dr. Payam Akhavan’s keynote presentation given at the same conference: ‘What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes’ a Talk by Dr. Payam Akhavan
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