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The Resignation of Captain von Goumoens

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When the Austrian Captain Alfred von Goumoens obtained a posting as a military attache to Persia. It was the kind of appointment that is the making of a career and the height of adventure. The country was thought of by Europeans as “oriental” and far away. It was a time when European military technology and…

1848 – The Year of Two World Changing Conferences

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1848 is usually remembered as the year of revolutions in Europe. Those revolutions – although sweeping across Europe – changed little. At the same time however, something of far greater moment was taken place, two small conferences. Although very few noticed at the time, a central idea of those conferences has already unfolded in unimagined…

Tahirih – Herald of the Emancipation of Women

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Two hundred years ago, virtually everywhere in the world, women lived in subjugation to men. It was a world so different to our own that it is difficult to imagine. It was a world in which women had little role in public life – little opportunity for education, little opportunity to work – other than…

Martha Root – An Astonishing Life

Today I am at a Baha’i meeting. And I want to say thank you for the blessing of having such times in my life. To each and every soul who helps to make so many of those gatherings a veritable corner of paradise – thank you. This morning we are reflecting on the life of Martha Root, a woman whose…