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

By N. Mottahedeh

This edited quantity of especially commissioned essays written for the anniversary of `Abdu'l-Baha's trip to the US tells the tale of this former prisoner's interactions with the white higher echelon of yankee 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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‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity

This edited quantity of particularly 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 top echelon of yankee society in addition to his impression at the lives and writings of vital early figures within the African-American civil rights flow.

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The most important role of Laura Dreyfus-Barney however, was the compilation and publication of her book Some Answered Questions a few years prior to `Abdu’l-Bahá’s visits. Even though there were a number of Westerners who traveled to Acre to visit `Abdu’l-Bahá and to learn from him, Laura Dreyfus-Barney’s meetings with `Abdu’l-Bahá, her inquiries, and the answers she received, resulted in the compilation of an extremely important book that later became a sacred Bahá’í text. Some Answered Questions opened the doors of dialogue for researchers from both East and West, and those interested in religious and philosophical matters, in a simple and rational language.

This is understandable since he had a better command of Persian and, as a result, he translated more addresses and accompanied `Abdu’l-Bahá to more meetings. Also `Abdu’l-Bahá’s entourage was all male, and Iranian social restrictions may still have played a role in Europe, making it easier for Hippolyte to accompany him. France was Hippolyte’s native country and French his mother tongue; as a result it would have been easier for him than for Laura to accompany `Abdu’l-Bahá. But Laura Barney’s role is still unique and needs to be acknowledged in its own right.

112. Parsons, `Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 61. 113. Kling, Alice Pike Barney, 234–35. This home was perhaps Neighborhood House, a charity that Alice Barney had selected to support that would provide a model for the development of cultural awareness among blue-collar workers. In 1933, the House was renamed Barney Neighborhood House. 114. Kling, Alice Pike Barney, 234–35. 115. Parsons, `Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 65. 116. Ahmad Sohrab, “With `Abdu’l-Bahá’ in London,” Star of the West, vol. 3, no. 19 (May 2, 1913) (Oxford: George Ronald, 1984), 3.

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