‘Abdu’l-Bahá in New York

Of all the historical, religious and cultural events in the history of the United States, the arrival of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1912 was the most important one of all. Many people—from all facets of society—had the honor to meet Him, attend His talks, benefit from His wisdom and witness His benevolence and humility. Their encounter with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was life- altering: He touched the depths of their souls and awakened them spiritually.

This re-telling of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s days in New York City is both inspiring and illuminating. It is intended to bring you closer to this unique figure in spiritual history, whose life will serve as a model of the true spiritual and ethical life for centuries to come.

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Interview with the author

Dr. Hussien Ahdieh is interviewed by Nwardi Lawson, Award-Winning Journalist, Georgia Public Broadcasting Producer, and Bahá’í Auxiliary Board Member. The subject of the interview is ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in New York.

About the authors

Dr. Hussein Ahdieh was born and raised in Nayríz, Iran, a sixth generation Bábí/Bahá’í. In his teens he moved to USA where later he earned a Masters degree in European Intellectual History and a Doctorate in Education. He was one of the founders of the world renowned Harlem Preparatory School in New York City, and the Director of Higher Educational Programs at Fordham University. For many years, he served in different Baha’í institutions. He is author of another book: Awakening: A History of the Bábi and Bahá’í Faiths in Nayriz, as well as numerous websites and articles.

Mr. Hillary Chapman is a fourth generation American Bahá’í. He earned a Bachelors Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Education. He was a teacher at the highly ranked Chapin School in New York City. He served as the secretary of the Assembly of the Bahá’í’s of the City of New York, and of Nashville, TN. He has had many songs and poems published.

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