Peter Smith

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Some Studies of Baha’i Communities (A provisional list)

This is a list of all the published academic studies of Baha’i communities that I have seen. Do let me know any that I have left out. I have excluded both those which seem not to be academic and those that are only available on-line (except for one in an on-line academic journal).

There are excellent monographs on the early Baha’i history of the United States (Robert H. Stockman, The Baha’i Faith in America. Vol. 1. Origins, 1892-1900 (Wilmette IL: Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1985) and Vol. 2. Early Expansion, 1900-1913 (Oxford: George Ronald, 1995)) and Canada (Will C. van den Hoonaard, The Origins of the Baha’i Community of Canada, 1898-1948 (Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1996)); and a major sociological study which includes extensive material on the Danish community (Margit Warburg, Citizens of the World: A History and Sociology of the Baha’is from a Globalization Perspective (Leiden: Brill, 2006)). There are also studies of the Atlanta Baha’i community (Michael McMullen, The Baha’i: The Religious Construction of a Global Identity (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2000)); an historical overview of American Baha’i history (William Garlington, The Baha’i Faith in America (Westport CT: Praeger, 2005)); an account of the early development of the Baha’i religion in West Malaysia (A. Manisegaran, Jewel Among Nations: An Account of the Early Days of the Baha’i Faith in West Malaysia (Selangor: Splendour Publications, 2003)); and a study of the initial establishment of the Baha’i Faith in British Cameroons and eastern Nigeria (Anthony A. Lee, The Baha’i Faith in Africa: Establishing a New Religious Movement, 1952-1962 (Leiden: Brill, 2011).

Essays include studies of the Baha’is in Australia (Graham Hassall, ‘Outpost of a world religion: The Baha’i Faith in Australia, 1920-1947’. Journal of Religious History 16/3 (1991): 315-38; Graham Hassall, ‘Outpost of a world religion: The Baha’i Faith in Australia, 1920-1947’. In Peter Smith (ed.), Baha’is in the West, Studies in the  Babi and Baha’i Religions, Vol. 14 (Los Angeles: Kalimat Press, 2004), 201-226; Graham Hassall, ‘The Baha’i Faith in Australia, 1947-1963′. Journal of Religious History 36/4 (2012): 563-576); the Pacific (Graham Hassall, ‘The Baha’i Faith in the Pacific’. In Phyllis Herda, Michel Reilly and David Hilliard (eds.), Vision and Reality in Pacific Religion: Essays in Honour of Niel Gunson, (Canberra/Christchurch: Pandanus Press with the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, 2005), 267-287); Samoa (Zoe Bryan, ‘Persecution of religious minorities in Samoa: The Baha’is struggle to face a common problem’. ISP Collection, #924 (SIT Graduate Institute, 2010)); Papua New Guinea (Graeme Were, ‘Thinking through images: Kastom and the coming of the Baha’is to northern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 11 (2005), 659-676; Graeme Were, ‘Fashioning belief: The case of the Baha’i Faith in northern New Ireland’, Anthropological Forum, 17/3 (2007), 239-253); Singapore (Foo Check Woo and Lynette Thomas, ‘Baha’is in Singapore: Patterns of conversion’. In Lai Ah Eng (ed.), Religious Diversity in Singapore (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2008), 167-194); Malaysia (Silvia Vignato, ‘Patience et discrétion des Baha’i de Malaisie: Histoire et stratégie de développement d’un groupe religieux’. Archipel, 56 (1998), 429-454); the Temiar people of Malaysia (Geoffrey Benjamin, ‘Rationalisation and re-enchantment in Malaysia: Temiar religion, 1964-1995’. Department of Sociology Working Papers.  National University of Singapore, 1996); Bangladesh (Muhammad Jahangar Alam, ‘Baha’i Faith and tradition in Bangladesh’. In Bangladesh e-Journal of Sociology, 8/1 (2001), 87-92); the Malwa region of India (William Garlington, ‘The Baha’i Faith in Malwa’. In G. A. Odie (ed.), Religion in South Asia (London: Curzon Press, 1977), 101-17; William Garlington, ‘Baha’i conversions in Malwa, central India’. In J. R. Cole and M. Momen (eds.), From Iran East and West (Los Angeles CA: Kalimat Press, 1984), 157-185); Egypt (Daniele Cantini, ‘Being Baha’i in contemporary Egypt: An ethnographic analysis of everyday challenges’. Anthropology of the Middle East, 4/2 (2009), 34-51); Nigeria (Loni Bramson-Lerche, ‘The Baha’i Faith in Nigeria’. Dialogue & Alliance, 6/4 (1992-93), 104-125); Britain (Phillip R. Smith, ‘The development and influence of the Baha’i administrative order in Great Britain, 1914-1950’. In Richard Hollinger (ed.), Community Histories. Studies in the Babi and Baha’i Religions, Vol. 6 (Los Angeles CA: Kalimat Press, 1992), 153-215; Phillip R. Smith, ‘What was a Baha’i? Concerns of the British Baha’is, 1900-1920’. In Moojan Momen (ed.), Studies in Honor of the Late Hasan M. Balyuzi Studies in the Babi and Baha’i Religions, Vol. 5 (Los Angeles CA: Kalimat Press, 1988), 219-251; Ismael Valesco, ‘The Baha’i community in Edinburgh, 1946-1950’. In Peter Smith (ed.), The Baha’i Faith in the West, Studies in the Babi and Baha’i Religions, Vol. 14 (Los Angeles CA: Kalimat Press, 2004), 265-307); North America (Peter Smith, ‘The American Baha’i community, 1894-1917: A preliminary survey’. In Moojan Momen (ed.), Studies in Babi and Baha’i History, Vol. 1 (Los Angeles CA: Kalimat Press, 1982), 85-223); and the West in general (Peter Smith, ‘The Baha’i Faith in the West: History and social composition’. In Peter Smith (ed.), The Baha’i Faith in the West. Studies in the Babi and Baha’i Religions, Vol. 14 (Los Angeles CA: Kalimat Press, 2004), 3-60). There are also two books of relevant essays: one on particular aspects of Iranian Baha’i history (Dominic Parviz Brookshaw and Seena B. Fazel (eds.), The Baha’is of Iran: Socio-Historical Studies (London: Routledge, 2008)), and another on (mostly American) local communities (Richard Hollinger (ed.), Community Histories. Studies in the Babi and Baha’i Religions, Vol. 6 (Los Angeles CA: Kalimat Press, 1992)). Several biographic studies also include useful material on the environing Baha’i community – such as Robert Weinberg, Ethel Jenner Rosenberg: The Life and Time of England’s Outstanding Baha’i Pioneer Worker (Oxford: George Ronald, 1995).

Correction: Bangladesh (Muhammad Jahangar Alam, ‘Baha’i Faith and tradition in Bangladesh’. In Bangladesh e-Journal of Sociology, 8/1 (2011), 87-92); [Not 2001]

Addition: Lil Osborn, Religion and Relevance: Baha’is in Britain, 1899-1930 (Los Angeles CA: Kalimat Press, 2014).

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