Life Histories of Baha'I Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century



Download EBOOK Life Histories of Baha'I Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century for freeBook Title: Life Histories of Baha'I Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century
Category: Religion
Language: English
Realese Date: 1 August 2011
Number of Pages: 229 pages
Autor: Lynn Echevarria
ISBN: 9781433114571

Description of the book "Life Histories of Baha'I Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century"

Life Histories of Baha'i Women in Canada: Constructing Religious Identity in the Twentieth Century is an unprecedented study of the essential features of living a Baha'i life, examining contributions and experiences of a diverse group of Canadian women and men in a new religion through a sociological framework and a women-centred perspective. The key figures in the Baha'i Faith, early female heroes, major teachings of the religion, and Canadian Baha'i history are detailed. A background on social history and the feminization of religion also provides a context for twentieth century Canadian life. Drawing upon Western religious and secular thought and practice, theories and social attitudes about the nature of woman and the Baha'i perspective on these topics are explicated. These stirring narratives, historical and contemporary, provide a compelling perspective on social processes and interactional dimensions of Baha'i community life. The life histories also illustrate, in poignant, humorous, and inspiring ways, how these notable Baha'is story themselves along the way. The teachings of the Baha'i Faith are remarkably forward looking. One of the foundational principles is the oneness of humanity, and an integral part of this oneness is the equality of women with men. Lay readers and students of religion, sociology, and women's and gender studies, will be interested in how members make meaning of these teachings on equality and how women's participation in the Baha'i institutional system is promoted and maintained.
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