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Sen McGlinn

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  1. So I checked it - no sources, no context, no value.
  2. Edirne was captured by Russian and Britain in 1281 ???? How strange. That would be in 1865, but there's no historical record of the event. Which is logical, because Russia was fighting against Britain: France and Britain wanted to limit Russian expansion and therefore supported the Ottomans. You may have heard of the Crimean war (1853-1856). So anyone who claims they were working together should be treated with scepticism. Where is the evidence? The Suriy-e Ra'is / Surat-ar-Rais (Lawh-e Ra'is II) (aka Tablet of the Premier, Tablet to Ottoman first minister Mehmet Emin `Ali Pasha II) can be precisely dated in Rabi'u'th-Thani 1285 / August 1868, when Baha'u'llah was in Kashaneh en route to Gallipoli. And as the text shows, he was in a very bad mood at the way his little group had been treated by 'Ali Pasha. At that time the Vilayat of Edirne was -- as it had been for centuries -- ruled by the Ottomans. The Russian occupation did not come until 1878, during the Russo-Turkish war. When the British again supported the Ottomans. Even if you cannot read the Adyannet site well (it looks like you relied on google translate), you only have to look at the images they use to represent Bahais to see that they will not tell truth about Bahais. It is a propaganda site pure and simple. Here's the image they use to show the Bahais taking over the world with occult powers and a crystal ball (The text over the picture says Husayn Ali Nuri, fore-seer or demagogue): You can find more about the iconography of anti-Bahaism on my Bahai studies blog: https://senmcglinn.wordpress.com/images-of-hate/ Once you recognize how the images are trying to manipulate the reader to fear evil everywhere, you will be properly skeptical about the claimed "facts" on such sites. Truth needs no tricks.
  3. Good point: I read the question as "Shiah" rather than "twelver." The Fatimids were as you say Ismaili Shiah and therefore not twelvers
  4. Yes, under the Fatimid Caliphate, but not all the time. At times the Seljuks had more effective power in the Haramayn, at times the Fatimids or their (also Shia) allies the Sulayhids of Yemen.
  5. oops - that question is not addressed to me.
  6. No - that's just a bit of anti-Bahai propaganda. The current ruling does allow cousin marriages, but note the reservation at the end of this letter: In practice, I am not aware of first-cousin marriages in the Bahai community today. Historically, I think first and second cousin marriages were reasonably common in the Bahai community in Iran, but never a preferred match in the way they are in North Africa.
  7. Whoa, all I said was that "Some Bahais may see me as a second-class Bahai..." But not my colleagues in Bahai studies, or the thousands of Bahais who are my facebook "friends" or members of the groups I moderate. Not the Bahais I encounter on Bahai forums. If you can access Delphi forums you will find that Planet Bahai has a thread entitled "Sen" at the moment. http://forums.delphiforums.com/planetbahai/messages/?msg=12563.1 I go away for a few weeks, and they start to worry about me. It's sweet, but so far quite unnecessary, I am in excellent health. I do not know of any action on my part that led the UHJ to remove my name from the membership rolls, or what effect they intended to achieve. I assume there was a degree of misinformation behind the original decision, since there is not X for which it is true that Sen is eXier than all others, but in the event, they seem happy with their decision. The decision has led me to concentrate more on intellectual pursuits and the online Bahai community, which is probably where my life was heading anyway.
  8. The Golestan Javid story is incorrect, and probably a deliberate deception. Every Bahai cemetery I know of in Iran is called "Golestan Javid." So the existence of one (actually two) Golestan Javid in Tehran today, is not evidence that the Golestan Javid in Tehran was not destroyed. Bahais keep dying, so a new Golestan Javid is created. Perhaps the authors of this story really did not know that Golestand Javid is a generic name, but it seems unlikely. I think they were calculating the some readers would not know this, and would be deceived. The Golestan Javid cemetery in Shiraz was destroyed in 2014, by now there must be a new one, somewhere on the outskirts of the city. See http://news.bahai.org/story/993
  9. So far as I know, being removed from the membership rolls for "not meeting the requirements of membership" is phrased that way to indicate that it is not a punishment (sanction) for any behaviour. More like a no-fault divorce. Some Bahais may see me as a second-class Bahai, but most I think simply find it confusing and have no opinion. I've explained it by analogy to the coach who decides a player doesn't make the cut: a general qualitative evaluation that takes into account both the player's past performance, and the direction that the coach wants to take the team. Being disenrolled does not affect me emotionally, but it has had an effect on the course of my life, largely for the better.
  10. I am an unenrolled Bahai. In my case, the Universal House of Justice decided I do not meet the requirements for membership, which means I cannot be on the membership rolls, and therefore cannot vote or be elected to office. I do sometimes give presentations (I am just back from a seminar where I spoke on Abdu'l-Baha's letter to E. Wrestling Brewster, concerning Emanuel Swedenborg. But that is rare, I usually present and publish online which is better in so many ways. If I go to a conference it's mainly to meet old friends. I have suffered somewhat from personal jealousies and slanders, but generally speaking, if you find Bahais who are "against" me, it is probably not personal, just different perspective on some matters.
  11. Bahais in Iran do have cemeteries, but these are frequently vandalized or entirely destroyed by the authorities. On July 14 this year, the Bahai cemetery at Qorveh was completely destroyed: even the trees were cut down. See https://sensday.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/security-forces-destroy-bahai-cemetery-in-qorveh-arresting-one-bahai/ Bahais in Iran are not allowed to attend tertiary education, but some slip in by filling in the "religion" field in the application forms with "other" or "of course," or they fill in "Bahai" and some official lets it pass. When these Bahais are discovered, they are expelled. There are tight restrictions on employment for Bahais also: they may not work in the civil service or armed services, although they do compulsory military service and were enlisted during the war with Iraq. They may not be employed or have businesses in sectors that involve food, drink or personal services. the list changes from time to time. On May 19, 2015, Saham News published a copy of the previously secret list of sectors from which Bahais are banned (by that time the list was already five years old, and incomplete). It says that Bahais may not work in cultural, educational or financial institutions, and are not to be allowed to work in the sectors of periodicals, jewelry, watchmaking, print-making, tourist agencies, car rentals, publishing and bookshops, photography, film-making, internet gaming, computers, or internet cafes. They may not own printing works or hotels and other accommodation for travellers, or teach tailoring skills. The order refers to the widespread Iranian belief that Bahais are unclean, and requires the police bureaus to block them from restaurants, cafeterias and catering, food ingredients and foodstuff sales, takeaways (Iranian-style), cafes, butchers shops, supermarkets, the production and sale of ice-cream, fruit juice, soft drinks, pastry and sweets, and coffee. At some stage optometry was apparently added to the list, without distinguishing between import and manufacture on the one hand, and prescription and retail sales on the other hand.
  12. Yes, Bahais believe in the Prophet Muhammad, and the authenticity of the Quran. That's why Bahais defend Islam against anti-Islamic prejudice and ignorance.
  13. No, it is not a good thing for an Islamic State to persecute minorities: it gives Islam a bad name. Of course, thoughtful people will distinguish between what Islam is as a religion, and what Islamic State and Islamic states do in the name of Islam. The strange thing is, the Bahais in free countries are among those who make this distinction, who say that Islam is a beautiful religion which should not be judged by the behaviour of the worst of its followers, but rather by the achievements of the best of its civilizations, and its scholars and saints. The Islamic contribution to "western" civilization is huge, so is the Jewish contribution. In The Secret of Divine Civilization, Abdu'l-Baha argues that the progress of a people is best ensured by a willingness to learn from others, and he points to the contribution of Islamic civilizations to European civilization.
  14. Bahais in Iran are strongly encouraged to stay in Iran and support the progress of the country. Those who stay are heroes -- it is if you like a little martyrdom. On 23 June this year the Universal House of Justice wrote to some Bahais in Iran about their economic hardships, and in the beginning of the letter praised their interest in the progress of the Faith, their willingness to endure hardships in the path of God and their determination to remain in Iran. The letter is available in Persian here: http://www.payamha-iran.org/sites/lab.payamha-iran.org/files/sites/adefault/files/2016-06-23 - Persian_0.pdf
  15. The original claim was : In his book "Dala'il al-Sab’ah" (p.30-31), Ali Muhammad Bab (the founder of Babism and one of three central figures of the Baha'i Faith, claimed that his religion is going to be quickly dominant in the world just like Islam.I found a Persian edition of "Dala'il al-Sab’ah" with something like this statement on pages 30-31, but it is nothing like the Persian text you posted. The Persian text is here, http://www.bayanic.com/showPict.php?id=seven&ref=47&err=0&curr=47 on the last line and onto the next page, The English translation is here: http://bahai-library.com/bab_nicolas_terry_proofs on page 24 last two paragraphs: It is a prediction - but it is a prediction that his own followers will come to say, "I wish I had lived in the time of the Bab and been among his first disciples," but then they will reject "Man Yazhiruhu'llah" (he whom God will manifest, the next Manifestation of God) and so miss their chance to be among the early disciples and Companions.
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