The Baha'i Studies Unit explores the study of Baha'i history, theology and spiritual practices as well as how Baha'i social teachings can be applied to contemporary social problems. The Unit welcomes research about the history of the Baha'i Faith, its primary figures and texts and Baha'i communities around the world. We are also interested more broadly in the role of religion and social reform in the modern world, particularly issues relevant to Baha'i teachings concerning racial justice, gender equality, science and religion, inequality, nonviolent social change, and human interconnectedness across the globe. The Unit seeks to bring together a diversity of perspectives and traditions, and all are welcome to participate.
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Baha’i Studies Unit
Call for Proposals
All papers are welcome that deal in any way with the history, theology, texts or practices of the Baha'i community. The unit also is interested in papers on the Baha’i Faith and methods in the study of religion. What are the characteristic ways that Baha’is study religion – their own and others? How have Baha’is attempted to integrate Baha’i theological perspectives into their work, and how (and to what extent) have academic perspectives informed Baha’i belief, practice and community life?
Statement of Purpose
Julia Berger, Montclair State University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Christopher Glen White, Vassar College1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Steering Committee Members
Susan Maneck, Jackson State University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Saphira Rameshfar, Baha'i International Community, United Nations Office1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Robert H. Stockman, Indiana University, South Bend1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
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