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Women of Consequence in the Life of the Báb

Jun 2, 2019
screenshot from webinar with Baharieh Maani on Women in the Life of the Bab

Women have played important roles in all religious dispensations, but never treated as men’s equals in religious history. In the age heralded by the Báb and inaugurated by Bahá’u’lláh, justice has been declared the hallmark, and equality of men and women a cardinal principle. The restoration of the rights of women, who constitute half of the human population of the world, entails treating them fairly in history. Upholding the principle requires a fresh look at every practice that has in the past contributed to women lagging behind. One such practice has been minimizing the importance of the roles they have played in religious history. Recognizing the value of their services to the advancement of the Cause of God is directly linked to promoting justice and equity. The bicentenary celebration of the birth of the Báb presents an excellent opportunity to learn about the women closely related to Him, who have suffered patiently in His path, and made unique contributions to His Person and His Cause. The webinar scheduled for June 2, 2019 is about women closely related to Him who stand out in stature and the poignancy of their services. Top on the list are Fatimih Bagum; His wife, Khadijih Bagum and her sister, Zahra Bagum. Their lives will be discussed in light of the writings revealed in their honor and about them.


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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