A Concise Encyclopedia of the Bahá’í Faith (Concise by Peter Smith

By Peter Smith

This entire and succinct encyclopedia lines the origins and improvement of the Bahá’í religion from nineteenth-century Iran to the fashionable day, overlaying its critical figures and significant ancient events.

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In addition to the council linked to the evolution of a number of chamber of the House of Justice and 'world-shaking' administrative instituconsiderable office space, it includes a tions which would be sited on Mount reception concourse, banquet room, Carmel, the focal centre of which was reference library and storage vaults. the grave of BAHIYYIH KHANUM (see also The exterior is constructed in classical HAIFA). These institutions would be built style, with a colonnade of Corinthian along an 'Arc' which Shoghi Effendi columns, and is topped by a low dome.

His emissaries in Shiriz had, however, caused such a stir (by adding the Bib's name to the Muslim call to prayer) that the governor of Shiriz, Husayn Khin, sent a detachment of troops to arrest the Bib en route from Bushire. The Bib then returned to Shiriz (early July 1845) to face a stormy interview at the court of the governor, after which he was released to the charge of his uncle, and required to make a public recantation of the claim The room where the B6b declared his mission in 1844 to be the Ba'b of the Imim.

Both Shoghi Effendi and the Univer- EXPANSION of the Faith, the work load sal House of Justice have written of individual Board members in some extensively on the importance of assem- parts of the world had enormously blies and their manner of functioning; increased, and it was no longer possible emphasized the responsibilities of memfor them to discharge all their duties bership; stressed the need for the assemadequately: to encourage (and where blies t o gain 'the confidence and necessary activate) all the local spiritual affection of those whom it is their ASSEMBLIES and communities in their privilege to serve' (BA 143); encouraged area; conduct DEEPENING classes for the assemblies to gain legal status (com- Bahi'is; stimulate TEACHING etc.

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