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Women of Consequence in the Life of the Báb

Jun 02, 2019

Women have played important roles in all religious dispensations, but never treated as men’s equals in religious history. In the age heralded by the Báb and inaugurated by Bahá’u’lláh, justice has been declared the hallmark, and equality of men and women a cardinal principle. The restoration of the rights of women, who constitute half of the human population of the world, entails treating them fairly in history. Upholding the principle requires a fresh look at every practice that has in the past contributed to women lagging behind. One such practice has been minimizing the importance of the roles they have played in religious history. Recognizing the value of their services to the advancement of the Cause of God is directly linked to promoting justice and equity. The bicentenary celebration of the birth of the Báb presents an excellent opportunity to learn about the women closely related to Him, who have suffered patiently in His path, and made unique contributions to His Person and His Cause. The webinar scheduled for June 2, 2019 is about women closely related to Him who stand out in stature and the poignancy of their services. Top on the list are Fatimih Bagum; His wife, Khadijih Bagum and her sister, Zahra Bagum. Their lives will be discussed in light of the writings revealed in their honor and about them.


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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