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Archive for October, 2021

What about: the Bahai state?

Posted by Sen on October 23, 2021

One of Tajan Tober’s PhD theses (he has completed two, so far), is entitled “A Global Federal State under the rule of law at the End of Time: The state and the religious order in Bahai theology” (Ein föderaler Weltrechtsstaat am Ausgang der Zeit? Staat und religiöse Ordnung in der Baha’i-Theologie, 2009). From the beginning, he argues that there is very little in the Bahai scriptures about his subject:

I have studied the Scriptures in vain for direct and detailed explanations … explicit statements on the ideal state-church relationship are completely lacking. Read the rest of this entry »

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What about: “the affairs of the people”

Posted by Sen on October 13, 2021

My 2005 Master’s dissertation on Church and State and my disenrollment from the Bahai community a few weeks later drew attention to an aspect of the Bahai teachings that had not been given much thought in the broader community. I was not the first writer and speaker to draw attention to the centrality of the separation of church and state for Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi, but some of my finds were new, and it was all new for many Bahais.

I was widely accused of ‘selective use of sources,’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Shoghi Effendi’s Oxford presentation on The Bahai Movement

Posted by Sen on October 5, 2021

In February 1921, soon after he became a student in Balliol College, Oxford, Shoghi Effendi gave a presentation on “The Bahai Movement’ to the Oxford University Asiatic Society. The presentation is most interesting as a picture of his earliest thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Bahai Writings, Church and State, History, Mashriqu'l-Adhkar | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

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