Browsing Category "Biography"
10 May
2013
Mírzá Abu’l-Fadl: a true seeker

Mírzá Abu’l-Fadl: a true seeker

  In his series The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, Adib Taherzadeh shares with us this little vignette from the life of Mírzá Abu’l-Fadl: Noticing the long beard and large turban of Mírzá Abu’l-Fadl — indications of his vast knowledge – the […]

11 Apr
2013
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‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Professor Árminius Vámbéry

‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Professor Árminius Vámbéry

The colorful life of the renowned Hungarian orientalist Professor Árminius Vámbéry (1832 – 1913) is well documented; his remarkable career drawing close interest from notables, including Queen Victoria.  His long and arduous journey to the interior of Asia, disguised as […]

14 Mar
2013
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Biography: Edward Granville Browne

Biography: Edward Granville Browne

Edward Granville Browne was born in Gloucestershire, England on 7 February 1862. He studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and wrote several academic articles and books on the Orient.  In April 1890 he met Bahá’u’lláh in four successive interviews. […]

20 Dec
2012
Biography: Marion Jack

Biography: Marion Jack

I grew up hearing the story of “General Jack” – the name ‘Abdu’l-Bahá used to call Marion Jack — and how, at the end of her life and in spite of the danger of living in Bulgaria during the Second […]

19 Oct
2012
Biography: Phoebe Hearst

Biography: Phoebe Hearst

When I visited the House of Abdullah Pashá in ‘Akká as a pilgrim, I reflected on the importance of that first group of pilgrims from the West who were the guests of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in that beautiful house. It was a […]

1 Oct
2012
Biography: Kanichi Yamamoto

Biography: Kanichi Yamamoto

When Kanichi Yamamoto first learned of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh, he wished to write to the Master and declare to Him his belief but he was concerned that his English was too poor.  His spiritual mother—Miss Elizabeth Muther—encouraged him to […]

20 Aug
2012
Biography: Fred Mortensen

Biography: Fred Mortensen

On the night of August 20th 1912, a man covered from head to foot with soot arrived at Green Acre hoping for an opportunity to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá; his name was Fred Mortensen. His story is an example of how a […]

2 Aug
2012
The Marriage of Louis and Louisa Gregory

The Marriage of Louis and Louisa Gregory

 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá stirred up a revolution on race relations when visiting America in 1912 at a time of many restrictions for African-Americans. He rarely criticized others or over-emphasized any tenants of the Bahá’í Faith except His insistence on race amity and equality of […]

27 Jul
2012
Sarah Farmer & Green Acre Bahá’í School

Sarah Farmer & Green Acre Bahá’í School

The first known peace flag in the world was erected at Green Acre Bahá’í School in 1894, years before the facility was called that. One of 19 Disciples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Sarah Jane Farmer was the founder of this beautiful resort on […]

17 Jul
2012
The Wedding of Grace & Harlan Ober

The Wedding of Grace & Harlan Ober

On July 17th, Harlan Ober and Grace Robarts were married in the presence of  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Earl Redman’s book on the Master’s travels recounts the event in these words: …the friends gathered at  ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s house at 309 West 78th St for the usual […]