‘Abdu’l-Bahá's Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity by N. Mottahedeh

By N. Mottahedeh

This edited quantity of specifically commissioned essays written for the anniversary of `Abdu'l-Baha's trip to the United States tells the tale of this former prisoner's interactions with the white higher echelon of yank society in addition to his influence at the lives and writings of significant early figures within the African-American civil rights stream.

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Dreyfus was introduced to the Bahá’í Faith the same year as Laura by May Bolles. 3 1906. Laura Barney and Hippolyte Dreyfus with Mme Lachenay in Tabriz, Source: National Bahá’í Archives, France. 37 The topics were related to Christianity, the prophets of God, the soul, fate, man’s destiny, immortality, and life after death. The memoirs of Dr. 38 Afroukhteh was the secretary and interpreter of `Abdu’l-Bahá who translated Laura’s questions from English into Persian and then translated `Abdu’l-Bahá’s answers from Persian to English.

10−12), Chicago (Sept. 13−17, including a day visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin), Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Sept. 17−21), Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska (Sept. 22−23), Denver (Sept. 23−26), Glenwood Springs (Sept. 27−28), Salt Lake City (Sept. 29−Oct. 1), and the San Francisco area (Oct. 3−18). In all those places, except Nebraska, Glenwood Springs, and Salt Lake City, there were local Bahá’í communities to plan meetings and secure speaking invitations at churches and, in Minneapolis, at a synagogue. The stop in Nebraska was prompted because William Jennings Bryan, the former presidential candidate and future secretary of state, had visited `Abdu’l-Bahá in Acre and `Abdu’l-Bahá wished to return the gesture.

130. , 379. 131. , 394. 132. Ibid. 133. , 395. 134. Ibid. 135. Mavaddat, “`Abdu’l-Bahá en France,” 11. 136. Balyuzi, `Abdu’l-Bahá, 433. 137. Afroukhteh, Memories, 344. 138. Ibid. 139. Ugo R. Giachery, “Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney,” in La Pensée Bahá’íe, 56 (June 1976) (Berne:The National Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Switzerland), 24. 140. Khademi, “A Glimpse into the Life of Laura Dreyfus-Barney,” 95–96. 38 MONA KHADEMI 141. “A tribute to Laura Dreyfus-Barney,” The American Bahá’í (Wilmette, IL: National Assembly of the Bahá’í s of the United States, January 1989), 5; and “Laura Clifford Dreyfus-Barney,” in Memoriam, The Bahá’í World, vol.

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