“Exploring a Bahá’í Legal Imagination”
Sunday, March 8, 2020
We all carry with us ways of thinking about and interacting with laws and legal orders – our constructed legal imaginations. These patterns are the accretions of many things – cultures passed down to us, discourses that surround us, observations of those around us, and social realities amongst us.
Bahá’u’lláh, in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, in his concept of law, and throughout his Writings, presents and encourages the cultivation of a radically new and transformative legal imagination. He challenges humanity collectively, and each of us individuals, to re-shape our own relationship with law in a manner that rejects the dynamics of fear, force, guilt, power, and politics to one rooted in the emanations of love and consciousness as the foundation for conceiving of, responding to, and implementing law.
Dr. Danesh completed his doctoral degree at the Harvard Law School and works, researches, and teaches in the areas of law and religion, constitutional law, indigenous rights, and conflict resolution and peace-building. He has taught at several universities worldwide and published articles on Bahá’í law in a number of academic journals and publications including the Journal of Law and Religion, Religious Studies and Theology, Bahá’í Studies Review, Journal of Bahá’í Studies, World Order, and The Bahá’í World. His book Dimensions of Bahá’í Law was published in 2019.