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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Baha’i Studies Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The Bahá'í Studies Unit is devoted to the study of the Bahá'í religion in all its aspects: history, lives of its primary figures and their missions, sacred and authoritative texts, scholarly and popular literature, teachings, practices, expressions in art and social action, its public discourse, growth, issues of minorities within it, and its local and national communities, both as these aspects exist today and how the understanding of them has evolved over time. It studies these aspects using the scholarly tools available, but is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches and integrated paradigms of scholarship. It seeks dialogue with researchers of other faith traditions and comparative research involving the Bahá'í Faith and other religious communities.

Call for Papers: 

● For a co-sponsored session with Religion, Holocaust and Genocide Unit, papers are invited on a range of topics related to the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. Does 40 years of continuous persecution constitute an attempt at genocide? What is at stake in naming the persecution of Baha'is as such, and what strategies from genocide studies might be brought to bear on the ongoing situation? What are the causes of the persecution? What are the psychological, social, cultural, and theological responses from the Iranian Baha’is? What impact has the persecution had on Baha’i communities elsewhere in the world?

SEPARATE CALL FOR PAPERS Sponsored by the Baha'i Studies Unit and supported by the Women's Caucus

Bridging Faith and Feminism: The Role That Religion Can Play in Advancing Gender Equality -
When one considers the depth and scale of change required for the realization of gender equality worldwide—change that is not only material and technical but also moral, spiritual, and cultural—it becomes clear that the tremendous social, spiritual and intellectual resources of religious communities and faith-based organizations will be a key component of these efforts. Efforts to replace the often confrontational dynamic between secular and faith-based proponents of gender equality are extremely important, recognizing that such tensions are often rooted in conceptions of culture and are driven by broader political agendas and geopolitical realities. No one part of society will succeed in realizing the goal of gender equality in isolation. Faith-based organizations and actors need to join together with secular organizations and social justice movements working towards the same ends—combining their experiences, insights, and resources — to work towards a goal that requires and promotes the participation of all. A wide range of papers are invited from different perspectives and academic approaches to examine how religious and secular actors can work together to advance gender equality worldwide. How can a new narrative that encompasses the ideals inherent in respective worldviews of gender equality be created —a narrative that focuses on our common humanity, on justice and the establishment of peace?

Method: 
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Process: 
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Leadership: 
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