BAHBIB.TXT 1.1 Annotated Bibliography of Baha'i Books, With additional information about obtaining Baha'i Books This article is divided into 4 sections: 1) Some introductory books on the Baha'i Faith (an annotated bibliography) 2) Books by Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha 3) Other bibliographies of Baha'i publications 4) How to obtain Baha'i books. 5) Acknowledgements and version history for this bibliography Please feel free to distribute this bibliography. Please send suggestions or additional contributions to: Carl Fravel <firstname.lastname@example.org> 1) SOME INTRODUCTORY BOOKS ON THE BAHA'I FAITH ============================================== Titles 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 mankind, 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'i Faith Mary Perkins 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. 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. 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 This is a multi-volume study program designed to help Baha'is familiarize themselves with the Bible and Christian theology. The fact that this is a multi-volume set should not prove intimidating. It is 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, 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, may 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'. Recalling those times, one believer later wrote: "That day came and passed, and the darkness of another night closed in upon the world. But with that darkness came a pang of disappointment to the advent believers that can find a parallel only in the sorrow of the disciples after the crucifixion of their Lord." 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, 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 William Sears George Ronald Publisher, 304pp ISBN 85398-008-X Mr. Sears sub-titles this book _The Case of the Missing Millennium_ and describes, how, having once discovered the problem, he set our to unearth the clues leading to its solution. the Problem centers on the belief among many christians that Christ's return would take place in the 1840's. Scoffers were many, but some were enthusiastic. Mr. Sears offers as the solution the arguments in this book. ======================================= Baha'u'llah was the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith. His writings are considered scriptural by the Baha'is. Baha'u'llah appointed His eldest son, Abdu'l-Baha, to be the authorized interpreter of the writings. Abdu'l-Baha also traveled to Europe and the USA. 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 Baha'u'llah's teachings on ethics, and on the relationship of God and man. The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys Two mystical writings, on the stages in the spiritual growth of the soul. The Kitab-i-Iqan Baha'u'llah's teachings on the subject of progressive revelation, which is the view that the religions and prophets are part of one historical process by which God has educated mankind. Explanations of past scriptures and the prophecies they contain. The Kitab-i-Aqdas ISBN 0-85398-999-0 (hardcover) Baha'u'llah's book of laws for this dispensation, with 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 late writings, revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas 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 He revealed for us to use, and some are His 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 A collection of the public talks given by Abdu'l-Baha while he traveled through the United States. Some Answered Questions ISBN 0-87743-190-6 (paperback) A collection of dinner-table talks in which Abdu'l-Baha answered a number of questions pertaining to various topics, including the relationship of the Baha'i teachings to the Bible. Paris Talks Another collection of talks on various subjects by Abdu'l-Baha. 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. 3) OTHER BIBLIOGRAHIES 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 Sources for Early Babi Doctrine and History: A Survey Dr. Denis MacEoin Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1992 ISBN 9004094628. This is both a listing of manuscripts/publications, and a critical study of the corpus of the Bab's works. 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 Haifa: Baha'i World Centre, 1986 pp. 887-889. Includes a brief listing of books in languages other than English. 4) HOW TO OBTAIN BAHA'I BOOKS ============================= 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 Canada that would be at They can take telephone orders, and can also send you a price list, and a more complete listing of publications than included in the bibliography above. d) Call or visit one of the Baha'i bookstores. For example, there is a book store in the Langford/Colwood area, (Baha'i Information Center & Bookstore, (604) 474-5526), and one in Duncan (Phone: (604) 746-3605, and in Campbell River (Phone: (604) 286-6448). For those of you who are calling from Vancouver or Lower Mainland, you can call (604) 731-8199 in Vancouver, and they will surely be able to help you further. 5) VERSION HISTORY AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOR THIS BIBLIOGRAPHY ============================================================= 1.0 3/21/93. Began with a bibliography of introductory books circulated on soc.religion.bahai newsgroup by Babak Kashef <email@example.com> Rick Troxel <firstname.lastname@example.org> Edited, other materials added, and submitted to the Compuserve Religion Forum library by Carl Fravel <email@example.com> 1.1 Revised and resubmitted 4/28/93 by Carl Fravel, with corrections and additional contributions from: Ed Ordaz <70404,firstname.lastname@example.org> Carl Fravel Resubmitted to the Compuserve Religion Forum library. Submitted to the Baha'i National BBS.