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The Greatest Holy Leaf's indispensable services in the first decade of the Formative Age

Oct 16, 2022

Bahá’íyyih Khánum, known as the Greatest Holy Leaf, is a unique figure in the annals of the Bahá’í Faith. Her lifelong heroic services to Bahá’u’lláh’s Cause pinnacled after `Abdu’l-Bahá’s ascension. The vital role she played at that crucial juncture ensured the smooth running of the affairs of the worldwide Bahá’í community until Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Cause of God, appointed by the Centre of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant arrived in Haifa a month after `Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing. She was the staunchest supporter and confidant of Shoghi Effendi, ever ready, despite advanced age, to accomplish the formidable tasks she was required to undertake. This webinar is about her services during the crucial first decade of the second Age of the Bahá’í Era.

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Baharieh Rouhani Ma`ani

Author, Independent Scholar

Baharieh Rouhani Ma`ani was born in Shiraz to parents from the lineage of early responders to the Cause of the Bab and Bahá’u’lláh in Nayriz. She was raised in Shiraz, served as president of students’ council at Rida Shah Kabir High School, studied Persian literature at the University of Shiraz before pioneering to Kenya in the last years of Shoghi effendi’s Ten Year Global Spiritual Crusade. Upon arrival in Nairobi, she married Manouchehr Ma`ani, who passed away of a sudden illness thirteen months later, shortly before their only child was born. In 1968 she took courses for credit in Islamic History and African Tradition in Religion offered by the newly established Department of Religion and Philosophy at University College, Nairobi. After eleven years in Kenya, she was invited to join the staff of the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, where she served in various capacities from December 1971 to August 2009, relocating to Washington, DC, her present place of residence. She is a researcher, author and translator.  Her published books and numerous articles in English and Farsi cover a variety of subjects dealing mostly with different aspects of the status of women in religion and the principle of the equality of women and men. She has one daughter and one granddaughter. Listen to Baharieh’s interview on ‘A Bahá’í Perspective’ podcastSee Faculty Bio

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