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THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH: THE BICENTENARY OF THE FOUNDING PROPHETS

Dr Iraj Abedian, chief economist: Pan-African Investment & Research Services

This course will provide an overview of the Bahá’í faith, its history, the growth of its international community, and its relevance for the prevailing socio-economic world order. The emphasis will be placed on the twin and interrelated processes of individual spirituality and transformation on the one hand, and the role of moral values in the evolving world order and their attendant impact on human and social welfare, on the other. The course will also discuss the current socio-economic activities of the international Bahá’í community as part of its efforts to contribute to the evolution of human activism – this resulting from a growing consciousness about the essential unity of humankind and its place within broader ecological and social systems.

 

LECTURE TITLES

1. Bahá’í faith: history, founders and the Bahá’í international community

2. Bahá’í Faith and its perspective on the role of religion and human civilisation

3. Bahá’í teachings and the prevailing socio-economic world order

 

Recommended reading

Bowers, K.E. 2004. God Speaks Again: An Introduction to the Bahá’í Faith. Baha’i Publishing, Ill, USA.

Esslemont, J.E. 2006. Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era: An Introduction to the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’í Publishing Trust.

Smit, P. 2008. An Introduction to the Bahá’í Faith. Cambridge University Press.

www.bahai.org  & www.bahai.org.za

 

 

Date: Monday 7 – Wednesday 9 January 
Time: 6.45 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R330,00  Staff and Students R165,00
Venue: LT3 Kramer Law Building UCT