By Margit Warburg
Voters of the area bargains with the Baha'is and their faith. whereas masking the ancient improvement in enough element to function a common monograph on Baha'i, emphasis is laid on analyzing modern Baha'i, with the Danish Baha'i neighborhood as a recurrent case. The publication discusses Baha'i non secular texts, rituals, economic climate, way of life, demographic improvement, undertaking techniques, management, and foreign activism in analyses in accordance with basic fabric, equivalent to interview stories one of the Baha'is, fieldwork facts from the Baha'i global Centre in Israel, and box journeys world wide. The procedure is a mix of background of religions and sociology of faith inside a theoretical framework of faith and globalisation. numerous basic themes within the learn of latest religions are coated. The booklet contributes to the theoretical learn of globalisation by way of featuring a brand new version for analysing globalisation and transnational religions.
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Additional info for Citizens of the World: A History and Sociology of the Baha'is from a Globalisation Perspective (Numen Book Series)
But the uniﬁcation is not only a call. The Baha’is share with other utopian thinkers a belief in historical determinism and in their own historical role. Thus, the Baha’is perceive themselves as the vanguard of a continuing historical process, which is destined to result in a new golden age for humankind, the “Most Great Peace”. This process is aided by God’s ﬁnger in history: The All-Knowing Physician hath His ﬁnger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy.
140. when the global meets the local 15 In their personal lives, Baha’is are expected to observe the general moral codes of the society within which they live. They praise cultural pluralism, and pictures of people representing the most diverse ethnic groups are favourite Baha’i icons, see Photo 3—Baha’i icons on the web. 22 Globalisation and the Baha’i Message Globalisation has become the standard term for describing how humanity in recent decades has experienced a historically unique global interdependency among people and nations.
The Research Council of the Humanities is thanked for grants twice supporting my ﬁeldwork at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa. The Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies are thanked for a generous grant that allowed me to get assistance for the ﬁnal linguistic improvements. Deborah M. Licht, who was assigned this task, has more than fully lived up to my expectations of professional linguistic advice. The Baha’i International Community is thanked for providing several ﬁne, copyrighted illustrations for this book.