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Baharieh Rouhani Ma'ani, “The Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees”

LeavesTwinDivineTreesLeaves of the Twin Divine Trees, the first in-depth study in English of the lives of women closely related to the Bab and Baha’u’llah, is the book on which is based a course, to be offered later in 2015.  Among the women covered are the two who bore and raised the Twin Manifestations of God, also those who suffered immensely, sacrificed their all and never wavered in their love for and selfless service to the Cause of the Bab and Baha’u’llah.  It also covers the lives of a few who outwardly remained indifferent, one who opposed Baha’u’llah fiercely causing Him and His family much suffering and anguish, and two who joined hand with the Covenant-breakers after His ascension.  Although some the women have played major role in influencing some historical events, they are generally absent from the pages of the early history of our Faith.  The context for the absence will be discussed, the importance of treating women fairly in history emphasized, and the glorious legacy left by some of them as gleaned from the Writings revealed in their honor will be highlighted. Read a summary of the talk here:

Baharieh Rouhani Ma'ani

Author, Independent Scholar

My keen interest since childhood in unravelling the causes of women’s degraded status in religion has gained steam with passage of time. The tenets revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, particularly the principle of the equality of men and women, has motivated me to use every opportunity to discuss, on the basis of Bahá’í writings, women’s inherent rights. Having lived in different continents and visited multiple countries of diverse beliefs and backgrounds, I have witnessed the maltreatment of women in its various forms and degree of intensity. I have devoted the bulk of my research and writing to issues dealing with the misinterpretation of scripture resulting in biases that have held back the realization of women’s equality with men. Listen to Baharieh’s interview on ‘A Bahá’í Perspective’ podcastSee Faculty Bio

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