'Abdu’l-Bahá through the Eyes of Laura Clifford Dreyfus-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 BA degree from Pahlavi University (today’s Shiraz University), MA degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and has worked towards a PHD degree at Imperial College, London. Since the year 2000, Mona Khademi has been researching 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 ‘Some Questions Answered: The Life of Laura Barney’ is to be published hopefully this year. As an independent researcher, Mona Khademi has presented papers and talks at Bahá’í and Non-Bahá’í international conferences in Europe and the United States. Mona Khademi has presented research papers at international conferences in Persian and English, i.e.  IV International Dialogue on The Transition to a Global Society at University of Maryland; Persian Arts and Letters at Landegg Academy in Switzerland; The Persian Arts and Letters in Liria, Spain; The Association for Baha’i Studies in Canada and the United States, and Association of Friends of Persian Culture in Chicago; The Baha’i Society for Persian Arts and Letters in London, England; and Irfan Colloquium in Acuto, Italy and the US; The International Society of Iranian Studies (today’s Association for Iranian Studies); and The Middle Eastern Studies Association. Several of her papers and the proceedings of the conferences have been published in English and in Persian; The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society; KHOOSH-I-HAI AZ KHARMAN-I-ADAB VA HONAR; DANESH VA BINES; Herald of the South; Arts Dialogue; SAFINI-YI IRFAN; The Lights of Irfan and RAHAVARD. Mona Khademi works as an arts management consultant in Washington DC.

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