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This article is comprised of the following sections. For your convenience in searching, all section headings start in column 1. INTRODUCTORY BOOKS BOOKS BY BAHA'U'LLAH AND `ABDU'L-BAHA BAHA'I HISTORY OTHER BIBLIOGRAPHIES OF BAHA'I PUBLICATIONS HOW TO OBTAIN BAHA'I BOOKS (INCLUDING ELECTRONIC VERSIONS) Our thanks to the original author, Babak Kashef <babak@canada.sun.com>, and for suggestions, revisions and expansions offered by: Carl Fravel <71610.2560@compuserve.com> Ed Ordaz <70404.1133@compuserve.com> Mark Towfiq <towfiq@justice.medford.ma.us> Rick Troxel <rick@helix.nih.gov> Bruce Limber <blimber@capaccess.org> Additional entries are solicited, subject to editorial review. If an entry is in a language other than English, please include an English translation. [An up to date version of this bibliography can always be obtained via anonymous ftp (give Name as "anonymous" and your login name as your password) from rtfm.mit.edu in the directory /pub/usenet/soc.religion.bahai] INTRODUCTORY BOOKS ================== Titles within this section are arranged alphabetically. All Things Made New John Ferraby Baha'i Publishing Trust (United Kingdom), 338 pp ISBN 0-900125-24-1 Offers the reader a comprehensive introduction to the Baha'i Faith. The author's inclusion of many quotations from the Baha'i sacred Writings complements an overview of the Faith as complete as to be found anywhere. Its first section, "The Teachings of the Faith," discusses the oneness of God and of religion, the oneness of humankind, social and economic teachings, personal conduct, science and the knowledge of God, the relation of the Baha'i Faith to other religions. Part Two concerns the Central Figures of the Faith; and Part Three, "The Baha'i Community," looks at the Covenant of Baha'u'llah, the Baha'i Administrative Order and laws, obligations and teaching the Faith. The Baha'is Baha'i International Community, 80pp ISBN 1-870989-37-6 A magazine format overview of the Baha'i Faith. It covers the basics of Baha'i beliefs and history. Available on the World Wide Web at http://oneworld.wa.com/bahai/magazine/cover.html The Baha'i Faith Mary Perkins and Philip Hainsworth Baha'i Publishing Trust (United Kingdom), 96pp ISBN 0-7062-39393 A short, basic introduction to the Baha'i Faith, covering the history, teachings and way of life of the Baha'i community. One of the most popular, easy to read introductions to the Baha'i Faith. Fully illustrated. A popular introduction to the Faith throughout Europe and the countries of the ex-USSR. The Baha'i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion William S. Hatcher & J. Douglas Martin Harper & Row, 248 pp ISBN 0-06065-441-4 (cloth) ISBN 0-06312-078-X (paper) As the publishers describe it, "Here is the first definitive introduction -- sure to become a standard reference work -- of the history, teaching, administrative structure and community life of the Baha'i Faith, the youngest and one of the fastest growing of the world's independent religions." Martin, an historian, and Hatcher, a professor of mathematics, have produced a survey of the Baha'i Faith especially strong in its examination of the turbulent early history of the Faith and its relationship to Islam. The authors stress the pivotal concept of the Baha'i Faith: the oneness of the human race and an emerging global order. As well, they examine a wide range of Baha'i teachings, such as the oneness and progressive character of religion, the unity of science and religion, the equality of woman and man, economic justice, the spiritual foundation of life, the institutions of the Baha'i Faith and disciplines for daily living. Baha'u'llah and the New Era John Esslemont Baha'i Publishing Trust (United Kingdom), 318pp ISBN 0-87743-160-4 The best known introductory book, translated into 30 languages, and in continuous print since 1923. Written by a distinguished early British Baha'i, this book presents a thorough outline of the history, principal figures, spiritual and social teachings, and administrative organization of the Faith. An especially interesting section examines the relationship of Baha'u'llah to the expectations and prophecies, such as the coming of the Kingdom of God in Christianity, that are to be found in all faiths. The Earth is But One Country John Huddleston Baha'i Publishing Trust (United Kingdom), 320pp ISBN 0-900125-91-8 "Many, concerned about the condition of society and about the sense of unfulfillment in their personal lives," says the author, "automatically assume that they will not find an answer in religion. Past experience has left a negative impression of superstition and escapism. This Book is primarily addressed to those who have this point of view." It presents the needs of humanity today, emphasizing the practical means for building a new civilization where all peoples can live together in justice, harmony, and peace. I Shall Come Again Hudishar Motlagh Global Perspective, ~500pp ISBN 0-937661-00-7 (cloth); 0-937661-01-5 (paper) Briefly, this book goes into great detail about Biblical prophecies -- especially time prophecies -- and their fulfillment by the Baha'i Faith. It contains numerous citations -- many of them quoting Christian scholars and authorities. It is the first in a (projected) 5 volume series. The Imperishable Dominion Udo Schaefer George Ronald Publisher, 320pp ISBN 0-85398-142-6 An analysis of modern thought since the 1700's showing how it has contributed to society's current crises, and presenting the Baha'i answers to today's dilemmas. Preparing for a Baha'i/Christian Dialogue: Understanding Biblical Evidence Michael Sours Oneworld Publications Ltd Vol 1 ISBN 1-85168-018-7 Vol 2 ISBN 1-85168-032-2 A multi-volume study program designed to help Baha'is familiarize themselves with the Bible and Christian theology. Well written and not cumbersome. Among the features one finds practical advice on how to study the Bible; methods of interpreting the Bible; answers to the most common Christian questions concerning proofs and progressive revelation; and answers to Christian questions about Baha'i teachings, the Bible, and Christ. The Prophecies of Jesus Michael Sours Oneworld Publications Ltd, 223pp ISBN 1-85168-025-X In the nineteenth century, many Christians throughout the Western world expected the fulfillment of Jesus' prophecies. Some even ventured to conclude from the Scriptures that Jesus would return in 1844. This widespread expectation is well known to historians and culminated in what has been referred to as 'the Great Disappointment.' Yet in the very same year, a dynamic religious movement swept across Persia which heralded the advent and swift emergence of the Baha'i Faith, the only religion born during that time to become a global faith. Its founder, Baha'u'llah, claimed to be no less than the fulfillment of the very biblical prophecies that had so inspired the hopes of the Christian adventists. _Prophecies of Jesus_ offers a thoughtful, verse by verse exploration of Jesus's greatest prophetic sermon in the light of Baha'u'llah's extraordinary ministry and teachings and of nineteenth century Christian beliefs and current Christian interpretations. The Renewal of Civilization David Hofman George Ronald Publisher, 144pp ISBN 0-85398-007-1 Examination of religion as the creative force behind the rise and reformation of civilization. To a Seeker Nathan Rutstein George Ronald Publisher, 121pp ISBN 0-85398-239-2 The need for spiritual development as a pathway to happiness is frequently overlooked. The author describes how the Baha'i Faith can show us the way to that elusive happiness. A dramatic vision of the future, and the steps now being taken by Baha'is to attain it, is offered to the seeker who searches for a "new day." A Thief in the Night: The Case of the Missing Millennium William Sears George Ronald, Publisher, 304pp ISBN 85398-008-X The author describes how, having once discovered a problem -- the belief among many Christians of that time that Christ's return would take place in the 1840's -- he set out to unearth the clues leading to its solution. The Baha'i Faith is presented as that solution. BOOKS BY BAHA'U'LLAH AND `ABDU'L-BAHA ===================================== The following books have been in some cases published by a number of Baha'i publishing trusts in various countries. Where ISBN numbers are listed, they are generally for the least expensive edition currently available from the USA Baha'i Distribution Service. Baha'u'llah ----------- The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah Verses of guidance and comfort, forming the ethical heart of Baha'u'llah's message. The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys Two mystical writings, on the stages in the spiritual growth of the soul. The Kitab-i-Iqan (Book of Certitude) Baha'u'llah's teachings on the subject of progressive revelation (the view that the religions and prophets are part of one historical process by which God has educated humankind). Explanations of earlier scriptures and the prophecies they contain. The Kitab-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book) ISBN 0-85398-999-0 (hardcover) Baha'u'llah's book of laws for this dispensation, together further explanations by Baha'u'llah and comprehensive notes from the Universal House of Justice. Tablets of Baha'u'llah ISBN 0-87743-216-3 (paperback) A collection of some of Baha'u'llah's later writings, revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas. This collection includes the following tablets: Tablet of Carmel, The Most Holy Tablet, Ornaments, Spendors, Effulgences, Glad-Tidings, and Tablet of the World. Epistle to the Son of the Wolf ISBN 0-87743-048-9 ISBN 0-87743-235-X (paperback) One of Baha'u'llah's last writings, this is essentially Baha'u'llah's anthology of His own teachings. Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah ISBN 0-87743-111-6 (hardcover) ISBN 0-87743-112-4 (paperback) A collection of extracts of Baha'u'llah's writings covering many subjects. Prayers and Meditations A large collection of prayers and meditations revealed by Baha'u'llah. Some of these are prayers revealed for us to use, and some are Baha'u'llah's own prayers to God. `Abdu'l-Baha ------------ Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Baha A collection of important passages from the writings of `Abdu'l-Baha. Promulgation of Universal Peace The public talks given by `Abdu'l-Baha while he traveled through the United States. Paris Talks Another collection of public talks on various subjects by `Abdu'l-Baha. Some Answered Questions, 324pp ISBN 0-87743-163-9 (paperback) A collection of "table talks" in which `Abdu'l-Baha answered a number of posed questions on a wide range of philisophical, religious and social questions, including the relationship of the Baha'i teachings to the Bible and evolution. Collections ----------- Baha'i Prayers ISBN 0-87743-175-2 ISBN 0-87743-176-0 (paperback) ISBN 0-87743-177-9 (deluxe) Prayers from Baha'u'llah, `Abdu'l-Baha, and the Bab, arranged by subject The Divine Art of Living Baha'i teachings on various aspects of living a spiritual life. Unto Him Shall We Return Baha'i teachings on the purpose of life, and on death and life after death. The Power of Unity Baha'i teachings on the application of the spiritual principle of unity in general to race unity in particular. Peace: More than an End to War Baha'i teachings about the establishment of true peace in this world, and the prerequisites to that occurring. BAHA'I HISTORY ============== God Passes By, 450pp ISBN 0-87743-020-9 ISBN 0-87743-034-9 (paper) The history of the first 100 years of the Baha'i Faith (1844-1944) written by its appointed Guardian, Shoghi Effendi. This is a well written and complete summary of events and their significance. Nabil's Narrative (the Dawn Breakers) The history of approximately the first 20 years of the Baha'i Faith written by an observer of many of the events described. OTHER BIBLIOGRAPHIES OF BAHA'I PUBLICATIONS =========================================== Bibliography of English-Language Works on the Babi and Baha'i Faith, 1844-1985 William P. Collins Oxford: George Ronald, 1990 ISBN 0-85398-315-1 The most comprehensive bibliography of English-language publications The Baha'i Faith: A Historical Bibliography Joel Bjorling New York: Garland Publishing, 1985 A less comprehensive bibliography which has been superseded by Collins The Baha'i Studies Bulletin Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., 1982- This periodical contains regular bibliographic listings The Baha'i World, v.XVIII, 1979-1983, pp. 887-889 Haifa: Baha'i World Centre, 1986 Includes a brief listing of books in languages other than English HOW TO OBTAIN BAHA'I BOOKS (INCLUDING ELECTRONIC VERSIONS) ========================================================== a) Visit your public library. It is quite likely that your library has a few introductory titles. b) Contact your local Baha'i community. Many local communities have a local phone number listed under "Baha'i Faith," or "Baha'i Community." c) Call the Baha'i Publishing Trust in your country. In the USA this is (800)999-9019. The staff can take telephone orders, and can also send you a price list and a more complete listing of publications than included in this article. d) Call or visit one of the Baha'i bookstores. For example, there is a book store at the Los Angeles Baha'i Center, (Los Angeles Baha'i Booksource, (213) 933-8297), and one at the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, IL. e) Many of the books by Baha'u'llah, Abdu'l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi (as well as some others) are available via anonymous ftp from "ftp.bwc.org" and "oneworld.wa.com". To obtain these type: ftp ftp.bwc.org OR ftp oneworld.wa.com At the "Name" prompt type: anonymous At the "Password" prompt type your email address. You should now get a "ftp>" prompt. You must then navigate through the ftp file system (a tree structure) using commands "ls" and "dir" to list the directories and "cd" to change directory. Use "get <filename>" to transfer files from there to your computer. Be aware that the files are in a compressed format so you must be able to decompress them when you obtain them (this also means that you must issue the ftp command "binary" before issuing any get commands). On ftp.bwc.org the books are in the directory "bahai". On oneworld.wa.com they are in the directory "pub/bwc". A World Wide Web (WWW) interface to one of the ftp sites is available using the URL: http://www.usask.ca/~maton/bahai.html Baha'i texts are available in formatted form using the URL: http://www.bcca.org/~kalantar/writings/ Searches can be made against Baha'i texts using the URL http://sunsite.unc.edu/Bahai/TrueSeeker/