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
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.
Table of Contents
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
About the Author and Series Editors 144
Picture Credits 144