Hoda Mahmoudi and Janet Khan
June 2020 marks one hundred years since the two historic Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá were delivered to the Central Organization for a Durable Peace at The Hague. The Tablets, combined with His public talks that were presented during His travels in the West between 1911 and 1913, offer comprehensive insights about Bahá’u’lláh’s panoramic vision for the attainment of universal peace.
In this volume, the historical circumstances that shaped nineteenth-century peace movements and the catastrophic impact of the First World War are examined. During the time these significant events were unfolding, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was actively engaged in promoting a clear understanding of the Bahá’í perspective on peace. Far more than simply focusing His discourse on the means to end wars, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá offered the holistic, all-inclusive vision for global peace—the oneness of humanity—outlined in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.
This book illustrates ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s engagement with intellectuals and leaders of thought on the subject of the implementation of peace. His example has continuing relevance for the state of the world and the discourse on peace in the twenty-first century.
Mahmoudi and Khan’s A World Without War is a clear and accessible exposition of the Bahá’í concept of peace, helpful to any reader who wishes to advance in understanding of the fundamental purpose and essential character of the Bahá’í Faith, its organizing principles and administrative structures, and their relevance to the future development of new global institutions and relationships of governance. —Tiffani Betts Razavi, DPhil. Oxon, Visiting Research Professor at the University of Maryland and Bahá’í Chair for World Peace
A World Without War is comprehensive and essential reading for greater understanding of the Bahá’í Faith and its founder / leaders. —Professor Wilma King, Arvarh E. Strickland Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri-Columbia and author of Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America
Through their reflections on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s lifelong engagement in public discussion, the authors reveal how the Bahá’í approach to peace is best understood not as one political cause among others, but as a first-order concern of moral beings collectively building an interdependent civilization. —Vafa Ghazavi, Lecturer in Politics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Hoda Mahmoudi and Michael Penn (Eds)
The concept of human dignity is essential to discourses of human rights, and to understand what it means in a rapidly changing twenty-first century world, we must answer a number of difficult questions that require input from a wide range of disciplines. How is the concept of human dignity protected, maintained, or ensured? What are the rights and responsibilities that go hand in hand with the concept of human dignity? Which beliefs, discourses, individuals, and institutions threaten its global application or block its reach across all categories of difference? How is the consciousness of human dignity developing and evolving across the globe?
Hoda Mahmoudi and Steven Mintz (Eds)
Globalization has carried vast consequences for the lives of children. It has spurred unprecedented waves of immigration, contributed to far-reaching transformations in the organization, structure, and dynamics of family life, and profoundly altered trajectories of growing up. Equally important, globalization has contributed to the world-wide dissemination of a set of international norms about children’s welfare and heightened public awareness of disparities in the lives of children around the world. This book's contributors – leading historians, literary scholars, psychologists, social geographers, and others – provide fresh perspectives on the transformations that globalization has produced in children's lives.
Chapter 12: The Bahá'í Faith
Bani Dugal, Hoda Mahmoudi, Ulrich Gollmer
In this chapter the co-authors examine how the Bahá'í Faith understands sustainable development and contributes to it.
In this study, Hoda Mahmoudi addresses themes central to building a more peaceful world, including human nature and its capacity to mobilize for good and ill, the pace and scope of changes shaping global conditions, and the role of education in transforming not only individuals but also societies at large. First presented in November 2012 as the Inaugural Lecture of the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace, Vision and Prospects for World Peace shares a concept of peace-building called a “worldview approach.” “This approach,” writes Professor Mahmoudi, “moves beyond nationalism and particularism and instead embraces a global, or ‘globalizing,’ view of peace that significantly expands and enriches the prevailing, Western-oriented model of peace education.” Also included are introductory remarks by John Townshend, Kenneth Bowers, Dorothy Nelson, and Suheil Bushrui.
Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte Volume 72 : Issue 3, June 2020
Contexts, 18(3), 14–19.
The Journal of Baha’i Studies V. 22, no.1/4, March-December, 2012.