`Abdu'l-Bahá: His Life and Ministry

Bahá’í History & Texts
Duration
7 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Sep 2-Oct 20
Register By
September 9, 2021

‘Abdu’l-Baha, the Center of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant and the Perfect Exemplar for humankind, is unique in religious history. While He is not a Manifestation of God, He is closer in station to a Manifestation than to the station of humanity. Drawing on statements by ‘Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi, as well as writings by many Baha’is, we will explore ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s life, station, roles, Numbers, writings, talks, travels, accomplishments, relationship to Baha’u'llah, and impact on others. In particular, we will study the Tablets of the Divine Plan during this special centenary anniversary of their revelation, focusing on recent letters from the House of Justice and other related documents.  We will also examine ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s first five decades, 1844-92; His station as the Center of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant and His early years as Head of the Faith, 1892-1910; His travels to and talks in Europe and North America, 1911-13, and His guidance of the Baha’is in those areas; World War I and war and peace, 1914-21; His Will and Testament and His passing in 1921; and selected topics about ‘Abdu’l-Baha (teachings about governance; philosophy and theology; and evolution).

Meet Your Faculty
teacher
Anne Perry, PhD
Professor, The Art Institute of Dallas

After two interdisciplinary MA degrees, I pursued my PhD in Aesthetic Studies, with a focus on both art and religion. I teach writing, humanities, and film and art appreciation at the Art Institute of Dallas and two community colleges, as well as serving as an instructor for the Wilmette Institute.... See Faculty Bio

teacher
William Collins, MS, MSSc
Author, Researcher, Consultant

I began writing about Bahá’í theology and history when I was in my mid-20s, with articles in the journal World Order, and later in The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, The Bahá’í Studies Review, and library-related journals regarding organization of Bahá’í libraries. I also prepared a published bibliography of English-language works... See Faculty Bio

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