Heritage of Light: The Spiritual Destiny of America

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2009 - Religion - 386 pages
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A new and fascinating examination of a religious community and a penetrating look at the spiritual destiny of America. Heritage of Light is an accessible description of the American Bahai community and a penetrating look at the spiritual destiny of America. This exploration traces the historical and spiritual connections that link the American Baha'is with the early Bahais of Iran, who displayed an unparalleled staunchness of faith and heroism in the face of unspeakable brutal persecution and oppression. The authors examination of the writings of the Bahai Faith along with extensive historical and archival records, demonstrates the unique role assigned to the American Bahais and to the American nation as a whole in the development of a unified global society and the eventual inauguration of a world civilization.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE CRADLE AND STRONGHOLD OF THE BAHAf
6
DRAMA OF THE HEROIC AGE
9
THE ROLE OF THE MARTYR
33
TRANSITION TO THE FORMATIVE AGE
51
SEEDS OF WORLD ORDER
65
THE DAWNBREAKERS OF THE FORMATIVE AGE
93
CHIEF EXECUTOR AND CUSTODIAN
155
STANDARD BEARERS OF THE EMANCIPATION
269
THE DESTINY OF AMERICA
309
The American Nation and the Baha 1 Community
315
Contributions of the American Bahai Community and
322
The Destiny of America
331
A Selected Bibliography
369
Index
375
Copyright

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS OF WORLD
215

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About the author (2009)

Janet A. Khan is a member of the Research Department at the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel, the international headquarters of the religion. She has written two books for Baha'i Publishing and has held academic positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Queensland, Australia. She lives in Israel.

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