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'Abdu’l-Bahá through the eyes of Laura Clifford Barney

Nov 14, 2021

Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney, at a very tender age of twenty-one, heard about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, a spiritual leader from the East, visited Him in Palestine, accepted the faith that He was promoting, and followed its teachings for the rest of her life. Many know of her greatest achievement: compiling Some Answered Questions, which is based on the questions that she posed to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and His responses to her.

Laura Dreyfus-Barney visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at least seven times, each time staying from a few days up to several months. She had the honor of being in His presence in the West also. She was with Him in Thonon-les-Bains, London, Paris and Washington, D.C. She received many Tablets and letters from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

What attracted her to this faith and its teachings? Why did she travel to desolate city of ‘Akká so many times? What were the attributes of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that she noticed? What were some of her accomplishments? How did her devotion to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá impact her life? 

The speaker will discuss Laura Dreyfus-Barney’s interactions with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, her devotion to Him and her inspirations from Him, and in turn ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s appreciation of her efforts.



Mona Khademi

Mona Khademi was born in Tehran, Iran. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pahlavi University (today’s Shiraz University), Masters degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and has worked towards a PhD degree at Imperial College, London. As an independent researcher, Mona Khademi has presented papers and talks in Persian and English at Bahá’í and other international conferences in Europe and the United States. Several of her papers are published as articles and chapters of books. Since the year 2000, Mona Khademi has researched about the life of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney and has presented papers about her findings at Bahá’í, Iranian and Middle Eastern studies conferences as well as the Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC and the Library of Congress. She has published several papers based on years of research and the biography that she has written titled ‘The Life of Laura Barney’ was published recently by George Ronald Publisher. Mona Khademi works as an arts management consultant in Washington DC.  

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