History Series

Now Available from the WhyUnite? Project

Presented by Nathan Thomas

9 Videos, 50-60 minutes each

Greysands Media

In this series of talks, author Nathan Thomas offers a number of lectures about the history of the Bahá’í Faith to help people better understand the events, the people, and the literature of this new world faith. The series is a survey of history and includes a complete set of nine one-hour talks about the Bahá’í Faith covering the three Central Figures, the Guardianship, the Universal House of Justice, the Hands of the Cause, and more.  Offered in a conversational and inviting style, Nathan offers his own insights as a fellow student of history and shares a number of quotations from authors, historians, institutions, and Central Figures of the Bahá’í Faith. In addition, the videos include numerous photographs of places, relics, and people to give you a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry that is discovered in the history of the Bahá’í Faith.

 

The Series Includes Videos of the Following Titles:

Part 1: Introduction to the Study of Bahá’í History

Part 2: The Ministry of the Báb

Part 3: The Ministry of Bahá’u’lláh (Part 1)

Part 4: The Ministry of Bahá’u’lláh (Part 2)

Part 5: The Ministry of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Part 6: Shoghi Effendi and the Guardianship

Part 7: The Universal House of Justice

Part 8: The Hands of the Cause and the Counselors

Part 9: Lessons from Studying Baha’i History

 

 

History Talks on the Baha’i Faith, Part 1 of 9: Introduction to the Study of Baha’i History

55 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. The reasons we should study the history of the Bahá’í Faith.

2. Overview of the sources that Bahá’ís turn to when they study Bahá’í History.

3. An introduction to some of the cultural aspects of Bahá’í history.

4. Quotations and insights from institutions and historians.

5. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bahá’í Faith.
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History Talks on the Baha’i Faith Part 2 of 9: The Ministry of the Bab

57 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. The significance of 1844 and the messianic age of that time.

2. Overview of the rise of the Bábí Faith and its earliest heroic followers.

3. Coverage of the life and martyrdom of the Báb, the Herald of the Kingdom.

4. Introductions to teachings and texts of the the Bábí religion.

5. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bábí Faith.

 

History Talks on the Baha’i Faith Part 3 of 9: The Ministry of Baha’u’llah (Part I)

53 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. Summary of the childhood and early life of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

2. Descriptions of Bahá’u’lláh as a leader of Bábí Faith.

3. Explorations of early Writings including the Book of Certitude and Hidden Words.

4. The declaration of Bahá’u’lláh as Him Whom God Shall Make Manifest in Ridvan.

5. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bahá’í Faith.

 

History Talks on the Baha’i Faith Part 4 of 9: The Ministry of Baha’u’llah (Part II)

52 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. Details on Bahá’u’lláh’s banishments and His Tablets to the Kings.

2. Summaries of the experience in Akka and the later Writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

3. Exploration of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh  and its importance in Bahá’í History.

4. Coverage of the passing of the Blessed Beauty.

5. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bahá’í Faith.

 

History Talks on the Baha’i Faith Part 5 of 9: The Ministry of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

51 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life of service and His unique station.

2. An overview of the writings and utterances of the Centre of the Covenant.

3. Summary of the journeys of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to the West.

4. An introduction to the Greatest Holy Leaf and Her legacy in the Bahá’í World.

5. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bahá’í Faith.

 

History Talks on the Baha’i Faith Part 6 of 9: Shoghi Effendi and the Guardianship

54 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. The early life and studies of the grandson of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, WhyBaha’i?

2. The appointment of Shoghi Effendi to be the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith.

3. Summaries of the interpretations, writings, and translations he left to the world.

4. Coverage of the main events, key initiatives, and ultimate passing of the Guardian.

5. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bahá’í Faith.

 

History Talks on the Baha’i Faith Part 7 of 9: The Universal House of Justice

59 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. The mandate and structure of the Universal House of Justice.

2. The early formation of the Supreme Body.

3. An exploration of the writings and guidance provided to the Bahá’í World.

4. Thoughts on the vision of Bahá’u’lláh for this institution.

5. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bahá’í Faith.

 

History Talks on the Baha’i Faith Part 8 of 9: The Hands of the Cause and the Counselors

62 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. The historical basis and main functions for the Hands of the Cause.

2. Profiles of several important members including Martha Root, George Townsend, Enoch Olinga, Rahmatu’lláh Muhájir, William Sears, and Rúhíyyih Khanum.

3. Connections between the Hands of the Cause and the Counsellors.

4. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bahá’í Faith.

 

History Talks on the Baha’i Faith Part 9 of 9: Lessons from Studying Baha’i History

58 Minutes

This History Talk covers:

1. A review of the Central Figures and institutions of the Bahá’í Faith.

2. Thoughts around how the history informs community life.

3. The connections between Bahá’í history and the calendar.

4. A glimpse at the ultimate aims of the Bahá’í Faith in the world.

5. Photographs of people, places, books, and artifacts of the Bahá’í Faith.