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  SH (Bahá'ís) Iran CG (2006) UKAIT 00041

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           The Bahá'í Faith, best-known for its liberal social teachings and tolerance towards other religions, has an authoritarian governing structure that has caused a high level of disillusionment amo

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This article analyzes the dissolution of the Bahai local assembly of Los Angeles in 1986-1988 by the National Assembly. Official explanations for this move focused on lapses in morality and administrative discipline. But local interviewees, as well as some official pronouncements, suggest that the conflict had two roots: The globalization of the community and resultant ethnic conflict among whites, African-Americans and newly immigrant Iranians; and national/local conflicts over power and money. The article concludes that low-information elections, the unaccountability of elected officials, censorship, and difficulties in acknowledging social conflict, make for such episodes in the Bahai religion.

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           All professional historians in the field of Babi-Bahá'í studies in the Qajar period are convinced that the K

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  By Juan R.I. Cole

 Department of History, University of Michigan 

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           I know you are reading this and telling yourself that Baha’ullah had 3 wives because when he got married he was a Muslim, and Muslims can have 4 wives! But this is wrong!

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      Baha’u’llah has repeatedly warned the Baha’i not to indulge in politics:

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“The animal cannot become aware of the fact that the earth is revolving and the sun stationary. Only processes of reasoning can come to this conclusion. The outward eye sees the sun as revolving. It mistakes the stars and the planets as moving about the earth.

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    “The black man must be grateful to the white man”-Abdul Baha

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