Although founded only a century and a half ago, the Baha'i Faith today has more than 5 million followers in 236 countries and territories worldwide. Following the teachings of its founder, Baha'u'llah, the Baha'i Faith works toward a new social order that embraces people of all religions, races, creeds, and ethnic backgrounds. Baha'i Faith, Third Edition offers a clear account of the history and scriptures of the Baha'i Faith and explores the goals and organization of its community.

Almost from the start of civilization more than 10,000 years ago, religion has shaped human history. Today more than half the world's population adhere to a major religion or indigenous spiritual tradition. In societies throughout the world, increasing ethnic and cultural diversity has led to a variety of religions being practiced side by side. This makes it vital that we understand as much as we can about the world's religions.

Rigorously nonsectarian, the books in the World Religions series offer clear, accessible overviews of the major religious traditions of our time, including

Geographical distribution

Origins and history

Central beliefs, rituals, and sacred sites

Contributions to world civilization

Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and sidebars, a map, fact file, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and index are included to help readers gain a more complete understanding of the subject at hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604131048
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: Chelsea House World Religions Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Baha'i Faith and Its People 8

Chapter 2 Foundations of the Baha'i Faith 24

Chapter 3 Baha'u'llah, Founder of the Baha'i Faith 38

Chapter 4 The Baha'i Scriptures 54

Chapter 5 The Spread of the Baha'i Faith 68

Chapter 6 Baha'i Belief and Worship 86

Chapter 7 The Baha'i Community 102

Chapter 8 The Baha'i Faith Today 114

Fact File 135

Bibliography and Web Sites 136

Further Reading 137

Glossary 138

Index 141

About the Author and Series Editors 144

Picture Credits 144

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