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COLLECTIONUnpublished articles
TITLEThe Baha'i Faith and the Western Esoteric Tradition
AUTHOR 1Lil Osborn
DATE_THIS2015
ABSTRACTThe importance of individuals seeped in the mystical, the occult, and esoteric to the early 20th-century creation of Bahá'í perspectives on modernity and mysticism.
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TAGSEsotericism; Mysticism; Occultism; Paganism
 
CONTENT
Abstract: The Baha’i Faith claims to be the eight largest and second most widespread religion in the world. Superficially it appears to be a fusion of Shiite millennialism, Western social radicalism and a benign globalist perspective. This paper seeks to reappraise a forgotten aspect of the introduction of the Baha’i Faith to the West, the importance of individuals seeped in the mystical, the occult and esoteric to the creation of the synthesis of modernity and mysticism which underpins the Baha’i perspective. See also papers on three Bahá'í figures, Alice Buckton: Bahá'í Mystic, Robert Felkin: Bahá'í Mage, and Wellesley Tudor Pole: Bahá'í Seer.
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LANG THISEnglish
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