Author: Cathy Higgins

East and West Encounters Yesterday and Today

One of the delights of the 2012 centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s journey to North America is finding digital resources exploring the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century encounters between East and West. Among such encounters were two visitors—Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore–who brought to

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A Search Engine for Baha’i Pages and Website is a website using Google custom search technology that uses a predetermined list of Baha’i websites and official pages. It is a very quick way to track down academic papers on, contact information for local communities, Baha’i history and

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Blogs and Websites about `Abdu’l-Baha’s Luminous Journeys, 1911-13

Anne Gordon Perry, a Wilmette Institute faculty member, is working on a film called Luminous Journey: `Abdu’l-Baha in America, 1912. The film, being shot in high definition, has an anticipated release date of Spring 2012. Perry is a faculty member for

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Iran through a Positive Lens

Baha’is around the world watch developments in Iran very closely, for many Baha’is–our coreligionists, friends, and relatives–still live there, deprived of many human rights that we take for granted. In spite of the repressive, tyrannical regime, life goes on for

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The Baha’i Faith on Twitter: A Sampling

While making regular posts on Twitter about upcoming courses, the Wilmette Institute keeps finding other Baha’i institutions, organizations, and individuals to follow. Below are some samples of ways  in which Baha’is are using Twitter to communicate, inspire, and defend their

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Islam Course Sparks Conversations Building Unity and Supporting Outreach

Susan Cangurel, from Madison, Wisconsin, but living in El Paso, Texas, is sharing her new knowledge about Islam in local deepenings and in dialogue with her Muslim husband, who found that he was learning as well–so much so that he

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Education Under Fire Needs Your Help

How can you help Baha’i students in Iran who are denied access to higher education? The answer is simple. Take three minutes, maximum, to be part of the Education Under Fire campaign and its Drive to 25 by adding your

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Websites to Explore `Abdu’l-Baha’s Three-Year Travels to the West

In August 2010 the Universal House of Justice alerted the Baha’is of the world to the upcoming commemoration of the three years that `Abdu’l-Baha spent away from Haifa, resting in Egypt and traveling in Europe and North America between 1911

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A Love Letter to Century of Light

Natalie Kahn of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, had a goal of improving her Baha’i scholarship.  But she did not expect to be spiritually challenged by Century of Light, a work, supervised by the Universal House of Justice, that details the profound changes the world

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Laws of Science and Soul Unite in a Study of the Kitab-i-Aqdas

Alain Comeau, a resident of Brownfield, Maine, is a climbing instructor who also enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking. The exploration of physical reality and spiritual reality as expressed in the laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdas has enhanced his love of scientific

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